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Kyrie Irving and 10 Athletes Who Could Play Two Professional Sports

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Kyrie Irving and 10 Athletes Who Could Play Two Professional Sports

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving spent time in batting practice and tossing the baseball around with the Cleveland Indians prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Monday. It got many thinking that Irving is actually talented enough to play professional baseball. Like Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, here’s a look at 10 athletes who could play two professional sports.

10. Carl Crawford

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during the MLB game at Chase Field on May 17, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.

10. Carl Crawford

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Two sports: Baseball, Football
Carl Crawford could have gone professional in three different sports as he was offered numerous scholarships to play basketball, football, and baseball. However, it is baseball and football that he really excelled at.

9. Colin Kaepernick

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9. Colin Kaepernick

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Two sports: Football, Baseball
Colin Kaepernick is a sensational young quarterback who just inked a huge contract with the San Francisco 49ers. What many people may not realize is that he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2009. Kaepernick showed off his strong arm during a ceremonial first pitch prior to a San Francisco Giants game.

8. Tom Brady

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8. Tom Brady

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Two sports: Football, Baseball
Tom Brady is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in NFL history. He also is very athletic as he played multiple sports in high school. Brady was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 1995 MLB Draft, but he decided to go to Michigan instead, which worked out pretty well for him.

7. Jeff Samardzija

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7. Jeff Samardzija

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Two sports: Baseball, Football
Jeff Samardzija was an incredibly talented wide receiver at Notre Dame where he received All-American honors. Almost everyone was convinced he would enter the NFL Draft, but instead, he decided to test his arm at professional baseball. Samardzija is currently having a fantastic season for the Cubs.

6. Joe Mauer

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6. Joe Mauer

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Two sports: Baseball, Football
Joe Mauer excelled at many sports, including baseball, football and basketball. In fact, he was the first USA Player of the Year in two different sports. Instead of accepting a scholarship to attend Florida State and play collegiate sports, Mauer elected to enter the MLB Draft. The Minnesota Twins, his hometown team, took him first overall.

5. Kris Humphries

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5. Kris Humphries

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Two sports: Basketball, Swimming
Many know Kris Humphries as the guy who married and got divorced from Kim Kardashian in less than three days. What many may not realize is that the NBA player is also a very talented swimmer who could have competed in the Olympics if he stuck with the sport. In fact, at the age of 10, he led the nation in six events, and he came in second in the other events to none other than Michael Phelps.

4. LeBron James

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4. LeBron James

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Two sports: Basketball, Football
LeBron James is one of the most famous athletes on the planet. The NBA superstar is clearly in the right sport for him. However, even he will tell you that he has thought about playing football at the professional level. He even stated that he would like to play in one NFL game before he’s no longer physically able to. Urban Meyer has said that James would have been a Hall of Famer in the NFL.

3. Tim Duncan

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3. Tim Duncan

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Two sports: Basketball, Swimming
Tim Duncan is one of the best basketball players of the past 15 years. However, Duncan becoming one of the greatest big men of all time almost never happened because his first love was swimming. If it weren’t for Hurricane Hugo destroying the Olympic-sized pool he trained in, Duncan would have continued with swimming instead of basketball.

2. Michael Vick

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2. Michael Vick

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Two sports: Baseball, Football
Michael Vick revolutionized the quarterback position when he entered the league. His strong arm caught the attention of many, including the Colorado Rockies who drafted him to be a pitcher in 2000. At the rate Vick is going in the NFL, maybe turning to baseball wouldn’t be the worst idea.

1. Kyrie Irving

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1. Kyrie Irving

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Two sports: Basketball, Baseball
As I’ve already stated, Irving has shown the necessary skills to not only be a phenomenal basketball player, but also a great baseball player if the opportunity presented itself.