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)
MLB & NFL Player Names Appear In Alphabetical Order
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).