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Former high school football star Joc Pederson asked the Rams for a Tim Tebow-like tryout

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a diving catch on a Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs sacrifice fly in the sixth inning during Game 4 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joc Pederson (Rob Leiter/Getty Images)

The baseball offseason can be a cold, arduous time. We're barely a day into the winter, after the Cubs ended their 108-year World Series drought, and most of us are already counting down until the day pitchers and catchers report.
Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson, meanwhile, has spent the past couple of weeks posting precious puppy pics on his Instagram page and, apparently, reminiscing about his football career. 
On Thursday, Pederson sent out a tweet asking the Los Angeles Rams to give him a football tryout, basically the reverse of Tim Tebow's recent proceedings: 

Jordy Nelson, eh? The Packers' wide receiver is a standout performer, definitely, but so was Pederson ... as pointed out by his alma mater, Palo Alto High School, in reply: 

The Rams fired back an appropriate reply of their own:

In 2010, Pederson was named the Vikings' High School Male Athlete of the Year after being a star on the diamond (leading the team in runs, homers, steals, slugging percentage and OBP at the time of the award) and the football field. As a senior, he led the team in receptions (30), touchdowns (nine) and yards (650), as he was a dual-sport threat in every essence of the phrase. 
Suddenly, the dazzling routes he takes on fly balls for the Dodgers make all the more sense ...