Twenty years ago, the 2-Sport athlete was all the rage. A high-profile trend that started with Bo Jackson, that led to Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
It should be noted that the 2-Sport athlete has more history than just the last 20 years. John Elway, Danny Ainge, Dave Winfield, Fergie Jenkins, and Michael Jordan are just a short list of athletes that had the talent to have a career as a professional athlete in more than 1 sport.
Yet today, there are none. Why is that? Everything you read or see on television says that today’s athletes are in better physical condition than athletes of the past. Today’s stars are more talented, have better genes, and are freaks of nature. So, why has there not been a major talent playing in more than 1 professional sport in the past decade??
The most recent player to select one sport over another is Jeff Smardjiza of the Chicago Cubs. This former Notre Dame All-American football star had his choice to play 2 sports or stick with one. What made him choose baseball over football? Money, Health, Secuirty??? Who knows?? What we do know is that baseball contracts are guaranteed while football’s are not. Surely baseball is a ‘safer’ sport to play. I mean, I can understand why someone would not want to run a cross pattern against the Baltimore Ravens.
I miss Bo Jackson. And I miss Deion Sanders. How amazing was it to watch Deion Sanders playing baseball on a Saturday and then football on Sunday?? Watching him and guys like him play are a memory I will never forget. It’s time to expand on this small fraternity of 2-sport athletes; there is an electric feeling about watching this kind of player and sports fans need players like this again.