Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

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Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby pittsoccer33 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:33 am

Will this generation of athletes produce another Brian Jordan, Deon Sanders, or Bo Jackson?

What would most likely stand in their way? Economics or athletic ability?
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby FreeCandy44 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:35 am

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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby thepittman on Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:45 am

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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby eddysnake on Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:46 am

no. wait, yes
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby mikey287 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:49 am

Specialized athletic ability. It's tough to find another Lionel Conacher because you need to specialize in a sport now in order to get into it at a professional level. The all-around athletes get whittled out as you move up the ranks now. Remember the kid in high school that played on both sides of the ball in high school football? How'd he do as a cornerback in college? Remember the athletic quarterback in college that also played on the basketball team? How'd he do in the pros? Right.

There are some exceptions out there, but there's just too much competition for that to be a noteworthy reality any more.
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby cheesesteakwithegg on Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:50 am

Id love to see Lebron play in the NFL as a TE / WR. Will never happen though.
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby Puffymuffin on Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:54 am

You mean primarily American based sports I guess? There's quite a few athletes who have a medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics the last few years :P
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby pittsoccer33 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:15 pm

FreeCandy44 wrote:Deadspin


weird timing. i just watched the Bo Knows 30 for 30 last night.

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That gem has (had?) been airing on one of the local digital sub channels, I think MeTV
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby pfim on Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:18 pm

No. I agree with the specializing rationale above, but the specialization also goes to economic motive. If Lebron, at 18, said he wanted to play in the NFL too, that would put a lot of his earning ability in question for little or no gain.
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby Idoit40fans on Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:18 pm

Puffymuffin wrote:You mean primarily American based sports I guess? There's quite a few athletes who have a medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics the last few years :P


Sports, not rec activities.
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby Froggy on Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:37 pm

pittsoccer33 wrote:
FreeCandy44 wrote:Deadspin


weird timing. i just watched the Bo Knows 30 for 30 last night.

Image

That gem has (had?) been airing on one of the local digital sub channels, I think MeTV



one of my ex gf's used to pepper the phrase "Wayne's hot slap shot... PRO STARS" in to casual conversation.
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby tifosi77 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:18 pm

There wasn't exactly a glut of two-sport stars in the past.
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby Azkar on Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:26 pm

cheesesteakwithegg wrote:Id love to see Lebron play in the NFL as a TE / WR. Will never happen though.


I can't see him having a BB contract that would allow him to play any contact sport
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby Kaizer on Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:20 pm

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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby Pitt87 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:02 pm

Kaizer wrote:


Boom.
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby ulf on Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:06 pm

I think so. Do you guys really believe "specialization" sets them apart? It's a matter of the risk to the team they're on, and their self. LeBron could play tight end. He's an athlete.. Just depends on when someone feels like doing it, in my opinion.
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby Rylan on Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:10 pm

ulf wrote:I think so. Do you guys really believe "specialization" sets them apart? It's a matter of the risk to the team they're on, and their self. LeBron could play tight end. He's an athlete.. Just depends on when someone feels like doing it, in my opinion.


yes. Specialization is huge.
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby Tomas on Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:21 pm

Funny - one of my current MBA students used to be on two NFL rosters (mostly practice squad,I believe) and he was a professional basketball player in Germany. And he was on all-conference academic honor roll...
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Re: Will there ever be another two sport pro athlete?

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:16 am

A guy I went to high school with played D1 quarterback. He was about 6'4, 6'5. Was a star basketball player too. I always thought he was a better basketball player than quarterback, but he thought his best chance at a pro pay day was QB.
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