Looking back at the players who played in the MLB and NFL -- after Deion and Bo
Apparently, Tim Tebow is determined to jumpstart his athletic career this year -- not on the football field, but on the diamond. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that the former Heisman Trophy winner has a workout set up, with invitations out to all 30 MLB teams.
Of course, when talking about dual-sport athletes, the two names that leap off the screen are Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson. Since, only a select few players have made it to the pros in both the NFL and MLB.
If Tebow can somehow pull off one more miracle, these are the guys he'd be joining.
Atlanta Falcons: 1989-1991, Four MLB teams: 1992-2006
The player that went on to have the most success in one of his leagues was actually a teammate of Deion Sanders on the Atlanta Falcons from 1989 through 1991.
Brian Jordan spent three years in the NFL as a safety, picking off five passes in 36 career games. After the 1991 season in Atlanta, Jordan hung up the football cleats for good and made the the 1992 St. Louis Cardinals big-league team. Jordan spent seven years with the Cardinals before finishing up his baseball career with the Dodgers, Rangers and Braves.
Jordan was a .282 career hitter, launching 184 home runs over his 15-year baseball career.
Two NFL teams: 2002-2004, St. Louis Cardinals: 2001
A second-round pick by the St. Louis Cardinals, Chad Hutchinson arrived in the big leagues for precisely three games -- while posting a 24.75 ERA in four innings -- before taking on a career as an NFL quarterback.
The next year, Hutchinson started nine games for the Dallas Cowboys, throwing seven touchdowns and eight picks. He was relegated to bench duties the following year, before wrapping his his pro athletic career in 2004 as a Chicago Bear. He started five games, going just 1-4 in his final stretch under center.
Two NFL teams: 2004, 2008; New York Yankees: 2002-03
A third-round pick by the Yankees in 1998, Drew Henson got his chance to stick in the big league in 2002 and 2003, but logged just one hit over his nine at-bats -- after which he called it a career, and moved on to the NFL.
He started one game for the Cowboys in 2004, throwing one touchdown and one interception. He didn't get his next NFL chance until 2008, when the Detroit Lions picked him up -- he appeared in two games off the bench, completed one 20-yard pass, and it was the last chance he'd get.