14 NFL Players Who Were Drafted To Play Pro Baseball

With the Major League Baseball’s draft currently happening, it’s time to remember some football stars who you may not have known were drafted to play America’s pastime.

1. Michael Vick

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Round: 30th
Year: 2000
Team: Colorado Rockies
Notes: Vick was so athletic that he was drafted despite not having played baseball since 8th grade.

2. Tom Brady

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Round: 18th
Year: 1995
Team: Montreal Expos
Position: Catcher
Notes: Brady was drafted out of high school, but decided to go play football at Michigan.

3. Cedric Benson

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Round: 12th
Year: 2001
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Position: Center Field
Notes: Benson was drafted out of high school and spent that summer playing with the Dodgers rookie summer league team, before deciding to play football at Texas.

4. Daunte Culpepper

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Round: 26th
Year: 1995
Team: New York Yankees
Position: Outfield
Notes: Culpepper chose to focus on football and went to UCF.

5. John Elway

Round: 2nd
Year: 1981
Team: New York Yankees
Position: Right Field / Pitcher
Notes: Elway used his high draft position with the Yankees to force a trade out of Indianapolis (the franchise that had originally drafted him). Had they not traded him, Elway threatened to play pro baseball.

6. Jake Locker

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Round: 10th
Year: 2009
Team: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim
Position: Outfield
Notes: Locker has said that baseball is his fallback plan, should football not work out.

7. Dan Marino

Round: 4th
Year: 1979
Team: Kansas City Royals
Position: Pitcher
Notes: Marino was drafted out of high school, but decided to go to University of Pittsburgh to play football.

8. Antwaan Randle El

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Round: 14th
Year: 1997
Team: Chicago Cubs
Position: Center Field
Notes: Randle El played baseball, basketball, and football at Indiana University, where he was a star quarterback.

9. Matt Moore

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Round: 22nd
Year: 2004
Team: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim
Position: Short Stop / Third Base
Notes: Moore was drafted in 2004 despite not playing baseball since he had graduated high school in 2002.

10. Jack Del Rio

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Round: 22nd
Year: 1981
Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Position: First Base
Notes: Del Rio was drafted out of high school, before deciding to go to USC to play football.

11. Golden Tate

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Round: 42nd, 50th
Year: 2007, 2010
Team: Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants
Position: Outfield
Notes: Tate was drafted initially after high school, before going to Notre Dame to play both baseball and football. He was drafted again in 2010.

12. Javon Walker

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Round: 8th
Year: 1997
Team: Florida Marlins
Position: OF
Notes: Walker spent three years in the Marlins farm system before going back to school where he played football.

13. Ricky Williams

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Round: 8th
Year: 1995
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Position: OF
Notes: Williams played four years of minor league ball while attending Texas to play football.

14. Deion Sanders

Round: 30th
Year: 1988
Team: New York Yankees
Position: Outfield
Notes: Deion would go on to play professional baseball while playing professional football. At one point he played for both the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves and is still the only player to hit a home run and score a touchdown in the same week.

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