By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on July 24, 2014
While NHL training camps are still over six weeks from opening up, NFL camps are opening up around the country as football season comes closer. With athleticism and tenacity being common traits, it’s not hard to see many players in today’s league being star football players if their careers had taken different paths.
The giant defenseman was a star quarterback at Nashoba Regional High School in Massachusetts and could have been a solid QB at an FCS school. Despite being compared to former Pro Bowler Drew Bledsoe, Gill made the right call by choosing the ice as he has played over 1,000 games in the NHL.
The hard-hitting power forward was a tight end in the Toronto area growing up and considered quitting hockey for football. With the way Syracuse University has recruited in Ontario in recent years, it’s not a stretch to imagine Stewart suiting up for the Orange.
The nephew of former University of Miami Hurricanes star and NFL quarterback Steve Walsh, McDonagh was a safety on the gridiron at Cretin-Derham High School in St. Paul. While he has been a star defenseman and captain of the New York Rangers, he would’ve looked good in Hurricanes’ green and orange as an Ed Reed-type safety in Coral Gables.
His intriguing mix of size and speed makes him a star for the Winnipeg Jets, but it once made him a star tight end for Breck School in Minnesota. While Wheeler is certainly a star hockey player, his athleticism would have allowed him to excel in any sport he chose.
The U.S. Olympian has become one of the best American born defensemen in the league, but he was setting records at Elk River High School in Minnesota once upon a time. Martin was a star wide receiver and set the Minnesota state record for career receptions during his high school days. With the way he moves on the ice, it’s not hard to imagine Martin making defenders miss on Sundays.
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