Baseball and Football Players

Played Major League Baseball & National Football League

Many athletes played more than one sport in high school and college, but then chose one over the other when it came time to choosing a career path. They worked hard at that sport and tried to make it a career. Many don’t make it and must put their mind to something else. But then there are the ones who are able to succeed and run with the career that they are able to have. It takes hard work and determination to go pro and a little bit of luck to make it to the big leagues. That’s why so many athletes are only able to play one sport professionally.

So if you think that playing one pro sport would be difficult, try wrapping your mind around playing two! Below you will find a complete list of the players who were able to make it to the show in both the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB).

"Baseball and football are very different games. In a way, both of them are easy. Football is easy if you're crazy as hell. Baseball is easy if you've got patience. They'd both be easier for me if I were a little more crazy - and a little more patient." - Bo Jackson in 300 Pounds of Attitude: The Wildest Stories and Craziest Characters the NFL Has Ever Seen (Jonathan Rand, Lyons Press Publishing, 07/01/2006, Page 101)
Baseball and Football Players

MLB & NFL Player Names Appear In Alphabetical Order

MLB Player

MLB Seasons

NFL Seasons

NFL Page

1947 - 1949

1946 - 1946

1929 - 1930

1927 - 1936

1961 - 1963

1964 - 1964

1925 - 1938

1925 - 1926

1928 - 1928 / 1931 - 1932

1933 - 1933

1920 - 1921

1922 - 1922

1996 - 1998

2001 - 2003

1913 - 1913
1920 - 1921

1963 - 1963

1964 - 1969

1918 - 1918 / 1925 - 1928

1920 - 1924

1928 - 1928 / 1932 - 1932

1928 - 1928

1912 - 1913

1920 - 1920

1942 - 1942

1941 - 1941 / 1945 - 1948

1925 - 1925 / 1927 - 1927

1924 - 1927

1916 - 1916

1920 - 1920 / 1922 - 1922

1992 - 1992

1987 - 1992

1925 - 1931 / 1933 - 1933

1920 - 1920 / 1922 - 1923

1917 - 1917

1920 - 1929

1932 - 1932 / 1936 - 1936

1928 - 1928

1944 - 1945 / 1948 - 1948

1945 - 1946

1926 - 1926

1920 - 1920

1923 - 1923 / 1925 - 1929

1922 - 1922 / 1925 - 1925

1928 - 1932

1923 - 1927

1914 - 1914

1922 - 1922

1931 - 1936 / 1941 - 1941

1928 - 1928

1915 - 1915

1921 - 1922

1923 - 1923

1925 - 1929 / 1931 - 1931

1919 - 1919

1920 - 1929

1958 - 1967

1955 - 1955

2002 - 2003

2004 - 2005 / 2006 - 2008
2001 - 2001
2002 - 2004

1986 - 1991 / 1993 - 1994

1987 - 1990

1924 - 1924

1926 - 1926

1953 - 1954

1954 - 1955

1964 - 1964

1960 - 1960

1992 - 2006

1989 - 1992

1989 - 1990

1987 - 1987

1943 - 1943

1943 - 1943 / 1946 - 1946

1948 - 1948

1948 - 1950

1930 - 1933

1934 - 1936

1961 - 1961

1962 - 1962

1922 - 1922

1925 - 1926

1932 - 1932

1930 - 1930

1931 - 1931 / 1937 - 1939

1936 - 1936 / 1943 - 1944

1922 - 1922

1921 - 1925

1926 - 1928

1926 - 1927 / 1929 - 1931

1928 - 1929

1926 - 1926

1937 - 1938

1937 - 1941 / 1945 - 1946
1921 - 1921
1926 - 1926

1920 - 1921

1920 - 1929

1926 - 1929

1926 - 1927
1922 - 1923
1923 - 1923
1989 - 1997 / 2001 - 2001
1989 - 2000 / 2004 - 2005
1931 - 1931
1931 - 1931
1927 - 1927
1927 - 1931
1929 - 1934
1924 - 1927
1913 - 1919
1920 - 1928
1949 - 1949
1942 - 1942 / 1946 - 1946
1927 - 1928
1921 - 1924
1935 - 1937 / 1938 - 1938
1931 - 1931
1922 - 1922 / 1924 - 1926
1925 - 1925 / 1927 - 1928
1920 - 1920
1920 - 1921
1921 - 1921
1922 - 1924
1924 -1924
1924 - 1925 / 1931 - 1932
1935 - 1935 / 1944 - 1944
1930 - 1930
1957 - 1957
1961 - 1966
1931 - 1931
1925 - 1926

1933 - 1933

1933 - 1933

MLB Player

MLB Seasons

NFL Seasons

NFL Page

Baseball and Football Players | Bold Denotes Overlapping Seasons

Sources : Original Research Courtesy of Tim Zieroth
Sources : Brian McKenna (Professional Baseball and Football)
Sources : National Football League (NFL.com, Internet)
Sources : Brian McKenna (Professional Baseball and Football)



Did you know that Bo Jackson is the only athlete in history to have played in both an All-Star Game ( 1989 All-Star Game ) and a Pro Bowl (1990 Pro Bowl)?
Not one NFL player has ever been elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame as a player, but there have been eight former baseball players who have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Red Badgro , Paddy Driscoll , George Halas , Greasy Neale , Ernie Nevers , Ace Parker , Deion Sanders and Jim Thorpe .
Hinkey Haines is the only MLB / NFL player to have played on national championship teams in both baseball ( 1923 New York Yankees , 1923 World Series ) and football ( 1927 New York Giants , NFL Champions).
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