Sure. You would expect a man of Dave Winfield’s size would have some athletic ability. Standing at 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing in at 220 pounds he is a mountain of a man and dwarfs many of the players he played with and against during his career.
Winfield’s skill went way beyond ordinary. He had the perfect combination of power, speed, balance, control, and agility to allow him to excel at all he sports in tried.
In fact, during Winfield’s college days, not only did he star as the team’s best hitter, outfielder, and pitcher(yes, pitcher), but he also helped lead the school’s basketball team to a Big Ten Championship in 1972. And while with the team he was their best rebounder due to his size, strength, and athletic ability. He was drafted out of college by teams in both the NBA and ABA.
Winfield was such a physical presence that he was even drafted to play in the NFL – and he never played a single minute of college football!! His hometown team, the Minnesota Vikings picked him in the 17th round of the NFL Draft.
Winfield shunned offers by the NFL, NBA, and ABA to continue playing the sport he loved best – Baseball!!!
Thankfully, he made the right decision!!!