Special Report

Greatest Two-Sport Stars Ever

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21. Kyler Murray
> Sports: Baseball, football

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won the 2018 Heisman Trophy as the best college football player in the country, but he plans to play professional baseball instead. He was drafted ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s. Should Murray make it to the majors, which he figures to do quickly, he would be just the third Heisman Trophy winner, after Vic Janowicz and Bo Jackson, to play in the big leagues. Murray said he would like to be able to play two sports professionally, but his 5-foot-10 frame may hamper his NFL future.


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20. Scott Burrell
> Sports: Basketball, baseball

Scott Burrell may not be a household name, but he has a unique place in sports history as the only person to be drafted in the first round of two different leagues. The Seattle Mariners selected Burrell 26th overall as a pitcher out of high school, but he declined their contract and chose instead to play basketball at the University of Connecticut. The 6-foot-7 Burrell was drafted 20th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in 1993. He played in the NBA for eight seasons, winning a championship with the 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls.


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19. Tom Glavine
> Sports: Baseball, hockey

Baseball and hockey don’t really have much in common, but former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine mastered both skills. NHL scouts who watched Glavine play in high school said he could have become a terrific hockey player. Even though he made his intentions to play baseball known, Glavine was still drafted 69th overall in 1984. It seems Glavine made the right choice with baseball. He was a 10-time All-Star, won two Cy Youngs and a World Series, and was elected to the Hall of Fame.

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18. George Halas
> Sports: Football, baseball

George Halas is revered as a founding father of the NFL, leading the Decatur Staleys, who became the Chicago Bears, for decades. Many don’t know that his first professional sports career actually was in baseball. Halas played a dozen games for the New York Yankees in 1919. A hip injury cut his baseball career short, however, and he went on to play pro football for nine seasons.

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17. Ernie Nevers
> Sports: Football, baseball

NFL Hall of Famer Ernie Nevers spent his offseasons playing Major League Baseball. Nevers pitched for the St. Louis Browns from 1926 to 1928. He played fullback for the Duluth Eskimos in 1926, then added on coaching duties in 1927. He retired from baseball after 1928 and focused on football. Nevers was a below average pitcher, but he was a much better football player — he was named All-Pro in all five of his NFL seasons.