Tebow Joins a Select Group of Athletes to Play in Both NFL and MLB

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Who would have ever thought that we would hear the name Tim Tebow again in sports? Well, it definitely won’t be in the NFL, but it appears that Major League Baseball might be giving him a second chance.

If you take a look through sports history, several athletes have migrated from the NFL into MLB and at times, vice versa. The most recent of these would be Brian Jordan, who played safety for the Atlanta Falcons in 1991 until he was drafted by MLB to four different teams between 1992 and 2006.

Tebow is currently serving as a broadcaster for ESPN, after being released as quarterback from the NFL. He has recently been spotted in Scottsdale, Arizona training with Chad Moeller, who is a former catcher for the MLB.

Tebow was originally a first-round draft pick back in 2010, after an extremely successful performance as a quarterback with the University of Florida. He started 18 games total between the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets but gradually disappeared from the spotlight, and eventually from the NFL altogether. At 28 years old, Tebow was unable to cinch a position on the roster with the Philadelphia Eagles, although he had a trial period with them during pre-season.

Here is a list of some other big name athletes who have played for both the NFL and MLB.

BO JACKSON

NFL: Los Angeles Raiders (1987-90)

MLB: Kansas City Royals (1986-90), Chicago White Sox (1991, 1993), California Angels (1994)

Pro career highlights: Jackson played in the NFL Pro Bowl in 1990, after earning MLB All-Star status as well as All-Star Game MVP in 1989 with the KC Royals.

DEION SANDERS

NFL: Atlanta Falcons (1989-93), San Francisco 49ers (1994), Dallas Cowboys (1995-99), Washington Redskins (2000), Baltimore Ravens (2004-05) 

MLB: New York Yankees (1989-90), Atlanta Braves (1991-94), Cincinnati Reds (1994-95), San Francisco Giants (1995), Cincinnati Reds (1997, 2001)

Pro career highlights: Sanders is an all-around athlete. He has earned two Super Bowl championship titles, eight times in the Pro Bowl and All-Pro, and 1994’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year. In 1992, Sanders hit .304, stole 26 bases, and had 14 triples in just 97 games, leading the National League. 1992 was by far his most productive year in MLB. He also ended up in the World Series playing for the Braves that year, but they failed to win, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays after six games.

JIM THORPE

NFL: Canton Bulldogs (1920, 1926), Cleveland Indians (1921), Oorang Indians (1922-23), Rock Island Independents (1924, 1925), New York Giants (1925), Chicago Cardinals (1928) 

MLB: New York Giants (1913-15, 1917), Cincinnati Reds (1917), New York Giants (1918-19), Boston Braves (1919) 

Pro career highlights: Taking it way back, Thorpe was one of the very first athletes to play both football and baseball. Thorpe was on the first All Pro team in 1923 in the NFL as well as the 1920s All Decade team, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

BRIAN JORDON

NFL: Atlanta Falcons (1989-91)

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals (1992-98), Atlanta Braves (1999-2001), Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-03), Texas Rangers (2004), Atlanta Braves (2005-06)

Pro career highlights: While Jordan might not have a lot of titles under his belt, he was still talented enough to play both sports. Jordan was also an MLB All-Star in 1999.

GEORGE HALAS

NFL: Decatur Staleys (1920)/Chicago Staleys (1921)/Chicago Bears (1922-29) 

MLB: New York Yankees (1919)

Pro career highlights: Halas has the elite honor of being both a player AND a coach in the NFL. He won a championship as a player in 1921 and as a coach, five times, in 1933, 1940-41, 1946 and 1963. His jersey, No. 7, was retired by the Chicago Bears in his honor. Halas also played outfielder for the Yankees for 12 games in 1919. 

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