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20 Athletes Who Could Play a Different Sport

Athletes Who Could Play a Different Sport
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Almost every professional athlete excelled at another sport growing up, even if it was only in elementary school. Then there are the professional athletes who were able to play two or three sports in high school and college. Here’s a look at 20 athletes who definitely could play a different sport if they chose to do so.

20. Tim Duncan

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20. Tim Duncan

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It would be crazy to see Tim Duncan playing another sport besides basketball, especially since he’s considered to be one of the greatest power forwards of all time. However, what many people may not realize is that Duncan used to be a tremendous competitive swimmer. If it weren’t for Hurricane Hugo destroying the Olympic-sized pool he trained in, Duncan would have continued with swimming instead of basketball.

19. Scott Burrell

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19. Scott Burrell

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Scott Burrell was a decent basketball player who won a championship with the Chicago Bulls in 1998. That almost never happened because he was drafted by several MLB teams.

18. Kyrie Irving

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18. Kyrie Irving

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Kyrie Irving recently showed off his baseball skills prior to the start of a Cleveland Indians game. His success during batting practice and tossing the ball around in the field proved that he has what it takes to play professional baseball.

17. Carl Crawford

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17. Carl Crawford

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Carl Crawford is an outstanding athlete who could have gone professional in three sports. In fact, he was offered scholarships to play baseball, basketball and football in college.

16. Michael Phelps

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16. Michael Phelps

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A majority of professional athletes seem to excel at golf. The truth is this list could have at least 20 superstar athletes who would fit the bill. The thing with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is he is really talented when it comes to crushing drives and hitting astonishing shots on the golf course.

15. Kris Humphries

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15. Kris Humphries

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Speaking of Phelps, basketball player Kris Humphries actually could have given the Olympic gold medalist a run for his money if he decided to stick with swimming. At the age of 10, Humphries led the nation in six events, and he came in second in the other events to none other than Phelps.

14. Donovan McNabb

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14. Donovan McNabb

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Donovan McNabb was a great quarterback, even if Philadelphia Eagles fans can find many flaws to complain about. What many fans may not realize is that McNabb also was a pretty good basketball player. In fact, he walked on at Syracuse University during a time in which the basketball team flourished in the Big East.

13. Colin Kaepernick

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13. Colin Kaepernick

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Colin Kaepernick is right where he needs to be as the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. However, the fact that the Chicago Cubs drafted him in 2009 shows that he definitely could have played a different sport. Kaepernick showed off his strong arm during a ceremonial first pitch prior to a San Francisco Giants game.

12. Julius Peppers

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12. Julius Peppers

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Green Bay Packers pass rusher Julius Peppers is about as athletic as they come in the NFL. The Packers coaches are said to be astonished at what they have seen since signing him, which is why it shouldn’t be a surprise that he could excel at other sports. One sport in particular that Peppers definitely could have gone pro in is basketball. Peppers attended UNC so that he could play both collegiate sports.

11. Michael Vick

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11. Michael Vick

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Michael Vick was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2000 to be a pitcher. The crazy part is Vick hadn’t played baseball for at least four years when the Rockies selected him. Obviously, his athleticism is out of this world, which is why it isn’t hard to imagine him playing baseball professionally.

10. Matt Holliday

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10. Matt Holliday

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Slugger Matt Holliday has been frustrating pitchers for years. Like many baseball players, football was also a realistic option. Holliday was offered a scholarship to play wide receiver for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

9. Antonio Gates

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9. Antonio Gates

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Most NFL tight ends excelled at basketball at one point in their lives, and Antonio Gates is no different. The San Diego Chargers TE tore it up for the Kent State Golden Flashes in the early 2000s. In fact, he led the team to the Elite Eight in 2002. And when I say he led the team, I mean he was by far the best player. That season, he averaged 20.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

8. LeBron James

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8. LeBron James

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LeBron James is hands down the best basketball player alive. What many fans may not realize is that he was an All-State wide receiver. Even Urban Meyer thought James would be a pro football Hall of Famer. James always dreamed about playing in the NFL one day, but basketball was undeniably his true calling. He has stated that he would like to play in one NFL game before he’s no longer physically able to.

7. Tony Gonzalez

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7. Tony Gonzalez

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Tony Gonzalez wasn’t anything special on the hardwood, but he still had an impact for the California Golden Bears. Gonzalez has admitted that if he focused on basketball year round, then he could have most likely played professionally. However, he was born to play the tight end position, which is why he stuck with football.

6. John Elway

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6. John Elway

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John Elway was selected by the New York Yankees in the 1981 MLB Draft. Many actually believed he would stay with baseball. Instead, Elway decided that football was the right path for him, which was most definitely the correct choice.

5. Kirk Gibson

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5. Kirk Gibson

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To think that Kirk Gibson’s legendary home run in the 1988 World Series almost never happened has to terrify Los Angeles Dodgers fans. Gibson was an All-American for the Michigan State Spartans. There’s no doubt that he would have played football professionally if he stuck with the sport.

4. Tom Brady

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4. Tom Brady

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It’s crazy to think that Tom Brady actually could have been a MLB pitcher if his heart desired it. The future Hall of Fame quarterback was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 1995 draft. Obviously, he made the right decision to attend school at the University of Michigan, which led him to becoming one of the most successful NFL signal callers in the history of the sport.

3. Jeff Samardzija

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3. Jeff Samardzija

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Jeff Samardzija was an All-American wide receiver at Notre Dame who clearly would have done just fine in the NFL. The right-hander dreamed of playing football and baseball professionally but realized he needed to focus on just one. Even though it took some time, Samardzija clearly made the right choice to play baseball.

2. Charlie Ward

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2. Charlie Ward

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Heisman Trophy Award winner Charlie Ward would have easily made a career for himself in the NFL, but he decided to pursue basketball. No one could fault him for the decision considering the New York Knicks drafted him. He had a decent NBA career, but one has to wonder what he would have accomplished in the NFL.

1. Joe Mauer

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1. Joe Mauer

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Joe Mauer was the USA Player of the Year in football and baseball. He also was a tremendous basketball player. Instead of accepting a scholarship to attend Florida State and play collegiate sports, Mauer elected to enter the MLB Draft. Nonetheless, he definitely has the skill set and raw athleticism to play a different sport if he wanted to.

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