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The Rockies will be watching this week’s NC State-Clemson game closely

Nov 5, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

And hoping for no injuries at all. Why? Because the starting quarterback of each team — Kyle Parker for Clemson and Russell Wilson for the Wolfpack — is a Rockies prospect. Naturally, the better football prospect (Wilson) is the worse baseball prospect.

I think it would be hard to figure out what to do if you were a legitimate two-sport star. Choosing baseball means giving up being the big man on campus, and playing in front of tens of thousands.  Choosing football means risking your health and placing your bets on what, if things pan out, will be a much shorter career.  Both of these guys are trying to have it both ways, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen someone go all that far down the line in both sports. One tends to get dropped eventually.

Screw it: I’m going to go play as the Raiders in Tecmo Bowl. I miss Bo Jackson.

  1. Alex K - Nov 5, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Jeff Samardjiza did it not so long ago. He was drafted by the Cubs after his Junior year at Notre Dame, and then played his Senior year….

  2. frug - Nov 5, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Other things to consider (at least at the pro-level) is that assuming roughly equal talent in both sports, the pay is usually better in baseball but elite players typically get better endorsement deals.

  3. crankyfrankie - Nov 5, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    It is a no brainer decision. Baseball longer career and ability to walk and think after retirement. Football shorter career worse pay, worse pension, and worse union.

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