Can you guess how the remaining NFL quarterbacks are connected to baseball?
If you're anything like me, when you tune into the NFL playoffs, you'll be thinking about one thing: How good would these quarterbacks be at baseball? As it turns out, we're not the only ones. One of the final four QBs standing was at one time described as a "sure thing as a baseball player" and another could throw a 91-mph heater. Let's see if you can match the baseball career to the player:
Which QB was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round of the 1995 First Year Draft?
He was a left-handed, power-hitting catcher who was drafted out of high school, hitting for .311 with eight homers in 61 games across two varsity seasons. Scouts got a little starry-eyed:
And his high school coach Pete Jensen, also known for shepherding players like Gregg Jefferies and Barry Bonds toward The Show, was convinced he'd see this QB there as well:
And the answer is:
Patriots QB Tom Brady.
Which QB turned to baseball when he thought no one would take him seriously as a football player?
Despite a solid high school career, this QB was not heavily recruited by Division I programs. When his senior year football season was over, he started pitching. According to ESPN.com, Craig Rigsbee, director of athletics at Butte College, attended every single one of his games and watched him develop a 91-mph fastball and "success as a switch-hitter."
Rigsbee eventually convinced our mystery player to pick up the pigskin again and play for Butte, where he ended up throwing 26 touchdowns his freshman year and drawing the attention of UC Berkeley.
The answer is:
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.
He's still got that blinding heater, too:
Which QB played two Minor League seasons in the Rockies organization?
Selected by Colorado in the 4th Round of the 2010 First-Year Draft, this QB played Class-A ball for the Tri-City Dust Devils and the Asheville Tourists. He finished his Minor League career with a .229/.354/.356 line and 5 home runs. As a second baseman, he had speed, stealing 19 bases in 27 attempts. According to Rangers scout Chris Kemp:
The Rangers did eventually choose him in 2013's Rule 5 Draft, though his role has been confined to "team ambassador," despite his breaking ball:
Yes, the answer is:
Photo via bentcorner.com.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.
Which QB's baseball career is shrouded in mystery and fog?
Now we have entered the realm of pure imagination. According to our diligent research department, this QB has never so much as played Little League. We have found evidence that he threw out a first pitch at his alma mater, Stanford, but this is the only recorded incidence of his hand touching a baseball. Who is this mysterious man who was born in DC but has apparently never had contact with America's pastime?
The answer is:
Colts QB Andrew Luck.
We are not entirely convinced that he's not an immortal Highlander who once moonlighted as baseball player Lucky Wright. Just add a neckbeard and it all becomes clear: