Many athletes have played multiple sports. Very few have done it at the professional level. Bo Jackson was highly successful at it. Deion Sanders was an all-time great cornerback in the NFL and played baseball for a few years, including in the early 1990’s with the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. Brian Jordan played baseball and football at high levels, though he was more successful at baseball. Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston wants to be the next one. Can he do it? Why am I talking about this here anyway?
Well, I’ll tell you why, because he wants to be a member of the New York Yankees. Here’s what he said at a media session for the BCS championship game according to Jon Solomon of AL.com.
You can do anything you put your mind to,” Winston said today at a BCS Championship Game media session. “A lot of people are going to say, no way, he’s a quarterback, Bo Jackson was a running back. But if I put my mind to it — and the one thing I always seem to do is gain the trust of my teammates — if I can convince those guys I can be your quarterback and still go play baseball for the Atlanta Braves or New York Yankees.”
Winston was a 15th round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2012. Winston was a pitcher and outfielder for the Seminoles’ baseball team. He may be Florida State’s closer this year. He struck out 21 in 27 innings and hit .235 with nine RBI in 30 games in the outfield and at DH.
Those numbers aren’t overly impressive, however, he’s got ability and may have been drafted higher if he were committed to baseball fulltime. However, I can’t see a NFL team investing a high draft pick on him if he wants to play baseball too. He’ll have to make a choice and we all should assume it will be football.