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 Almanac Top Quote

"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

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
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)
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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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