Most of us sitting on the couch watching pro sports at home can’t imagine what it would be like to be so good at a sport that someone would actually pay us to play it. And I’m not saying, “we can’t imagine being LeBron.” I’m saying, “we can’t even imagine what it would be like to be that guy on the Heat nobody outside Miami has heard of [Ronny Turiaf] who has to fill in for Chris Bosh.”
So it always seems to amaze us when we hear about some pro athlete who considered going pro in another sport. We’re like, “wait, he got to choose between baseball and basketball? I have to pay fifty bucks to play beer league softball.” It seems almost unfair, doesn’t it? But when you really think about it, it’s not really that amazing. If guys are such good athletes, why wouldn’t they have been good at sports other than the one they play professionally?
Well, obviously, there have been a number of famous cases of athletes who actually did play two sports professionally—Bo Jackson being the most obvious. But going pro in more than one sports is pretty much impossible in this day and age. So today our list is going to focus on what might have been: pro athletes who could be playing other sports right now. Now, in some cases, it’s quite obvious that the athlete in questions would have been a pro in another sport. In other cases, I’m extrapolating (which is just a word that makes “assuming” sound more scientific). But bear with me. It’s a fun list.