Perhaps the last athlete that will ever have an extended career in the NFL and Major League Baseball, Brian Jordan played three seasons for the Atlanta Falcons and before switching to baseball full-time, he was named an alternate for the 1991 Pro Bowl team. In the MLB, he suited up for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers. The 1999 MLB All-Star played in nearly 1500 games in his MLB career with 184 home runs and a .282 career average. Inside Pitch recently asked Jordan about his experience as a two-sport standout and what his advice would be to multiple-sport athletes today:
What do you think about coaches that discourage their players from playing multiple sports? How about parents who think that their children should stick to just one sport?
Personally I don’t like it, I think it limits a kid’s options and to me, that’s the most important thing. You’re taking an athlete’s abilities away from them, I feel like if you play different sports, you become a better athlete. I’m one that never ever preached “put all your eggs in one basket.”
You could have a kid with great potential and all the ability in the world, and you limit him? I’m totally against it. Everyone asks me the question, will we see another two-sport professional athlete, and my answer is no: simply because of coaches not allowing these kids to grow up and have fun and utilize all their options and abilities. I’m disappointed with it, and that’s the way it is now for these young athletes. They’re being penalized along the way.
Was there anything you took from your experience as a baseball player that helped you out on the gridiron?
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