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Old 03-15-04, 06:30 PM
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has anyone picked one sport, then excelled at the 2nd choice?

Like what Drew Henson is doing now, picked baseball full time, then tried football as his second choice? Has anyone ever done this successfully?
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Without thinking too much, as I am really burned out today, I'll go with Danny Ainge. Bust as a BlueJay and pretty good as a Celtic.
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Charlie Ward comes to mind, even though I wouldn't say he excelled.
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Does Bo Jackson count?
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Originally posted by El Scorcho
Charlie Ward comes to mind, even though I wouldn't say he excelled.
alot more than Hinson has "excelled" in football
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Originally posted by The Cow
Does Bo Jackson count?
Bo Jackson is the definition

Deion Sanders might count.. if he picked baseball

Randy Moss wants to play basketball

Brian Jordan was bigger into football originally, right?

Wasnt it Joe Carter whose third choice was baseball?
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danny ainge is probably the epitome of what I'm talking about. the guy who completely turned his attention to one sport for a couple of years let's say, then came back to another sport and excelled.

just thinking about it, wasn't baseball dave winfield's second or third choice?

and didn't Bo Jackson pretty much go two sports from the beginning? he didn't pick one and then come back to another after a long layoff.
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Old 03-15-04, 08:06 PM
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Originally posted by Billman

just thinking about it, wasn't baseball dave winfield's second or third choice?
maybe it was winfield i was thinking about, when i said joe carter


but still.. i think your definitly of excelling must be pretty low
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he's probably from Tuscaloosa.
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I hear Randy Johnson is a pretty good bowler now
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I miss Bo.
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Old 03-15-04, 09:19 PM
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Peja Stojakovic grew up playing soccer.
Only relatively late did he start playing basketball.
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Old 03-15-04, 09:26 PM
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John Elway was drafted by the Yankees IIRC
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Old 03-15-04, 09:43 PM
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Winfield was drafted in 3 sports - MLB, NBA, and NFL.

I think a couple MLB players were drafted by the NHL. Glavine, perhaps?

On the flip side, Bob Bourne and Clark Gillies of the NHL dynasty Islanders were both in the Houston Astros organization before they chose hockey full time.

Jackson is a decent example, but he really wasn't a very good baseball player. Danny Ainge was the first one to come to my mind, as well.
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Wasn't Tim duncan suppose to be an olympic swimmer?

Also, I think Ahkeem Olajuwon was a really good soccer player.
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Tony Gwynn. I think he was going to play basketball, and was going to be drafted, but he focused on baseball.
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Hershel Walker and Willie Gault tried their hands (legs) at bobsledding.
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Originally posted by dstrauss
I think a couple MLB players were drafted by the NHL. Glavine, perhaps?
Correct. That's who I thought of when I read the thread topic.
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Originally posted by dstrauss

Jackson is a decent example, but he really wasn't a very good baseball player.
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Old 03-16-04, 12:00 AM
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Originally posted by Billman
and didn't Bo Jackson pretty much go two sports from the beginning? he didn't pick one and then come back to another after a long layoff.
Well, he pretty much picked baseball. He played that full time, and only went to the Raiders at the end of the baseball season.
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Jackson is a decent example, but he really wasn't a very good baseball player.
I second twikoff's ! Bo was a great player, getting better every year until he hurt himself.
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http://www.baseball-reference.com/j/jacksbo01.shtml

I wouldn't consider him a great player, but he was a fairly decent one. All i remember is that running catch off the wall.
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Didn't Bo have 4 homers in 4 at bats...and 5 over two games?
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Old 03-16-04, 02:00 AM
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If horseshoes and bowling are considered sports, then take a look at what Walter Ray Williams Jr. has done. 3-time World Champion at horseshoes, then started bowling and won 6 Player of the Year awards in bowling and another 3 horseshoe World Championships. And he is in both the horseshoe and bowling Hall of Fames.
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Old 03-16-04, 02:49 AM
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I guess what I'm talking about is the guy who picks the sport he thinks he's going to be the best at, gives it a go whether he excels or not, and then goes to another sport and excels. Danny Ainge is still the only example I can think of.

It's not like Tom Glavine went off and played professional hockey and then came back to baseball. And Bo Jackson was playing baseball and football in the same calendar year, like Deion Sanders.

What has me thinking about it is the Cowboy's signing of Henson after he tried baseball full time for three years. What are the chances he's going to now try his second choice and actually become a star. It just doesn't seem to happen very often.
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