25 Athletes Who Could Play Two Different Sports Professionally

25 Athletes Who Could Play Two Different Sports

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Most people cannot even play one sport professionally, but some appear to have the ability to play two. However, as Adrian Peterson showed fans during the All-Star weekend celebrity softball game, it may take a little practice first.

Here are 25 athletes who likely could play two sports professionally given the proper training.

25. Floyd Mayweather Jr., Boxing

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25. Floyd Mayweather Jr., Boxing

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Mayweather may be a little too old to switch sports now, but he certainly possesses the athletic ability. Given his agility, quickness and fitness, Mayweather likely could have made a good running back or possibly an undersized linebacker or defensive back.

24. Mario Balotelli, AC Milan

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24. Mario Balotelli, AC Milan

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At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Balotelli looks more like a skinny football player than a professional soccer player. He has the elite speed and quickness that many professional football players possess as well. Assuming he could put on some weight, Balotelli likely would have a shot at playing wide receiver or defensive back, if he could not catch the ball effectively.

23. Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

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23. Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

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Many NHL players have stated that getting hit by Weber is comparable to getting hit by a car. At 6-foot-4, 234 pounds, Weber certainly has the physical frame to play in the NFL. Weber's natural instincts and hit-power could translate onto a football field if he was given the proper training.

22. Terrelle Pryor, Seattle Seahawks

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22. Terrelle Pryor, Seattle Seahawks

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Pryor is one of the most gifted athletes on the planet. He was actually listed on the basketball roster at Ohio State, but then football coach Jim Tressel would not allow him to play. Pryor’s high school basketball highlights and measurables show that he likely could have made it as a professional basketball player had he not chosen football.

21. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

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21. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

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Anyone who has watched Floyd play football can see how he was a two-sport star in high school. However, his status as a top-tier wide receiver recruit hindered him from entertaining any basketball scholarship offers. It appears as though Floyd chose the right sport, as his NFL career is just beginning to take off.

20. DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers

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20. DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers

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Jordan stands at 6-foot-11 and weighs in at 265 pounds. He is also superbly athletic, recording a 40-inch vertical in the past. Assuming he could catch a football, Jordan could either play wide receiver or be a matchup nightmare at tight end.

19. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

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19. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

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Chances are if one were to ask Sherman if he could play two sports professionally his answer would be a resounding yes. Sherman has stated that he played baseball growing up and has showcased basketball athleticism throughout his NFL career. Sherman did recently launch a home run during a celebrity softball game in Seattle, so that's a start.

18. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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18. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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Back in 2009, the Chicago Cubs drafted Kaepernick in the 43rd round of the MLB Draft following his senior year in high school. He was able to consistently reach 92 MPH on his fastball as a senior in high school. Kaepernick wisely opted to attend college to play football, leaving fans to only wonder if he could have made it as a baseball player.

17. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

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17. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

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Gates was an undrafted free agent signing by the Chargers back in 2003 after he played college basketball at Kent State University. While Gates likely would not have made it to the NBA, chances are he could have had a career playing basketball overseas. Given his success in the NFL, however, it appears he made the right choice.

16. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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16. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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Marshall has showcased NBA athleticism throughout his career as a wide receiver in the NFL. During high school, he excelled at varsity basketball, leading some to believe that he may have had a career in the sport if he had not opted to play football.

15. Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets

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15. Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets

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Howard stands at 6-foot-11, weighs 265 pounds and is one of the most athletic people on the planet. Imagine the fits he would give defensive coordinators in the NFL. Howard would be a foot taller than many cornerbacks and possess the leaping ability to out-jump them as well. That's a scary thought.

14. Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals

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14. Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals

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Peterson is one of the best athletes in all of sports. He already plays both sides of the football from time to time, excelling as a cornerback and having success as a wide receiver. Given the proper training and time to practice, Peterson could likely play professional basketball somewhere in the world.

13. Jameis Winston, Florida State University

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13. Jameis Winston, Florida State University

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While most fans remember last seeing Winston on a football field, he actually was last competing on a baseball field. The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner has aspirations of going pro in both football and baseball. While this may be a long shot, time will tell if Winston really is the next Bo Jackson.

12. Michael Vick, New York Jets

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12. Michael Vick, New York Jets

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One of the greatest athletes to ever set foot on a football field, Vick was once drafted by the Colorado Rockies despite not playing baseball since he was in eighth grade. Since Vick has the arm strength to launch a football across a field with speed and accuracy, who is to say he could not have done so on a pitching mound?

11. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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11. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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Back in 1995, the Montreal Expos drafted Brady as a catcher in the 18th round of the MLB Draft. In high school, Brady was able to hold his own on a baseball diamond against longtime MLB player Pat Burrell. Brady ultimately chose football over baseball, much to the chagrin of New York Jets fans and Rex Ryan.

10. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

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10. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

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One of the greatest hitting catchers of all time, Mauer was a two-sport superstar in high school. He is the only athlete ever to be selected as High School Player of the year in two sports, both baseball and football. Despite being the No. 1 quarterback prospect in 2001, Mauer ultimately turned down a scholarship to Florida State University to play pro baseball.

9. Eric Decker, New York Jets

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9. Eric Decker, New York Jets

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While attending the University of Minnesota, Decker was a star in both football and baseball. He was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2008 MLB Draft and again in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. Given his massive offseason contract, chances are Decker is happy with his decision to play professional football.

8. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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8. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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There are athletes and then there is Calvin Johnson. Standing at 6-foot-5, weighing 236 pounds and possessing a vertical leap of 43 inches, Johnson certainly has the athleticism to make it in the NBA. Given the proper training and practice, Johnson probably could have made a career out of basketball had he not chosen to devastate NFL defenses instead.

7. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

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7. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

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The 22-year-old MLB superstar is the best all-around athlete the game has seen in at least a decade. He possesses both speed and power while standing at a solid 6-foot-2 and weighing 230 pounds. Trout has the ideal body type and athleticism to be a NFL linebacker or running back, but he probably made the right choice playing baseball.

6. Jeff Samardzija, Oakland Athletics

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6. Jeff Samardzija, Oakland Athletics

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Samardzija was once a two-sport star at the prestigious University of Notre Dame. Had he not chosen to play professional baseball, Samardzija likely would have been a high round selection in the NFL Draft. One can only imagine if he would have had better success in the NFL than he has had in the MLB to this point in his career.

5. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

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5. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

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Griffin, who stands at 6-foot-10 and weighs 251 pounds, is one of the greatest athletes in the world today. He is quick and possesses a vertical leap well over 40 inches. Assuming he could catch a football, Griffin would be a matchup nightmare either as a tight end or wide receiver in the NFL.

4. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

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4. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

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If Puig had been born in the United States he likely would have played football along with baseball. He is built like a truck, standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 245 pounds. Puig is also very fast and extremely athletic. He would have made an excellent linebacker or running back had he been given the chance. However, Puig would likely have to work on his instincts and recognition skills in order to play football at the highest level.

3. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

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3. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

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While attending the University of Miami, Graham played four years of basketball and just one year of football. His emphatic dunks during touchdown celebrations make it pretty clear that he has the athleticism to play basketball at a high level. Graham may have been able to make a career overseas in basketball, but he is likely perfectly happy being the best tight end in the NFL.

2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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The most recent athlete to play two sports professionally, Wilson went to spring training with the Texas Rangers after winning the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson was a standout baseball and football player at North Carolina State for four years before transferring to the University of Wisconsin to play solely football for a single season. Wilson is quickly becoming an elite NFL player, so baseball is likely a thing of the past.

1. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

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1. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

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James was not only the best basketball player in the nation in high school but also was an All-State football player as well. Given his solid physical frame and athleticism that is second to none, James certainly could have made a career out of being a football player. Imagine if James gave up being the best basketball player in the world to become an elite wide receiver or possibly the best safety in NFL history.

Robert Reidell is a Contributing Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+


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