25 Athletes You Never Knew Were Two-Sport Stars

25 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Two-Sport Stars

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Everybody knows that Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders were two-sport stars back in the day. But recently, Jackson squashed the idea of a modern day two-sport star when he advised Russell Wilson to focus on football instead of baseball. It's very possible that two-sport stars are a thing of the past. So besides the likes of Bo and Deion, who were some other famous two-sport stars back in the day? Here are 25 two-sporters who might surprise you:

Wilt Chamberlain

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Wilt Chamberlain

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Chamberlain played volleyball for the Seattle Smashers from 1974-1979. He also went to college on track and basketball scholarships.

Danny Ainge

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Danny Ainge

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The former NBA star and current NBA exec actually played baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1979-1981.

Hakeem Olajuwon

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Hakeem Olajuwon

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The Dream played association football in his home country of Nigeria before moving to the US to play basketball.

Pat Riley

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Pat Riley

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Riles was selected in the first round of the 1967 NBA Draft and was also selected in the 11th round of the 1967 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Nate Robinson

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Nate Robinson

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Robinson was a DB at the University of Washington before ultimately turning his focus solely to basketball.

Tim Duncan

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Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

The future hall-of-fame big man used to be a competitive swimmer in the US Virgin Islands. He once even had aspirations of participating in the 1992 Olympic games.

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Kenny Lofton

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One of the greatest leadoff hitters of all time got his start at the University of Arizona where he played basketball.

Nyjer Morgan

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Nyjer Morgan

Nyjer Morgan

Believe it or not, Morgan is a former hockey player who reached the major junior level in the Western Hockey League back in 2000.

Ryne Sandberg

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Ryne Sandberg

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The legendary Cub was once offered a football scholarship to play DB at Washington State.

Tom Brady

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Tom Brady

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Arguably the best QB in football today, Brady used to be a stud on the diamond as well. He was drafted by the now defunct Montreal Expos, before he ultimately took his talents to Ann Arbor.

Frank Thomas

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Frank Thomas

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The former White Sox slugger played college football at Auburn University.

Justin Morneau

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Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau

Morneau played one preseason game as a goaltender in the Western Hockey League.

Todd Helton

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Todd Helton

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Who knew? The greatest player in the history of the Colorado Rockies used to play QB at the University of Tennessee.

Tony Gwynn

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Tony Gwynn

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The hall-of-fame infielder was also a basketball standout. In fact, he was drafted by the San Diego Clippers and San Diego Padres on the same day.

John Elway

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John Elway

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Elway played minor league baseball for the New York Yankees and was actually one of George Steinbrenner's favorite prospects.

Darin Erstad

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Darin Erstad

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Erstad punted and placekicked at the University of Nebraska in the 1990s.

Kirk Gibson

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Kirk Gibson

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The October baseball legend was an All-American wide receiver in his former life.

Dan Marino

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Dan Marino

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The famed QB was drafted to play baseball by the Kansas City Royals.

Mark DeRosa

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Mark DeRosa

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The ultimate utility baseball player used to be the starting quarterback at the University of Pennsylvania.

Carl Crawford

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Carl Crawford

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Crawford was once offered a scholarship to play football at the University of Nebraska.

Ricky Williams

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Ricky Williams

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The former RB and green enthusiast played four years of minor league baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Michael Vick

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Michael Vick

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Vick was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 2000 MLB Draft.

Ed Reed

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Ed Reed

Ed Reed

The legendary safety was a member of the Miami track team during his college days, and was even a javelin champion at one point.

Andre Johnson

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Andre Johnson

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It's really no surprise that the All-Pro wide receiver also ran track during his time at Miami.

Troy Aikman

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Troy Aikman

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The New York Mets selected the hall-of-fame QB way back in the 1985 MLB Draft.


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