The NFL Scouting Combine has come a long way from when it first started in 1982. Gone are the days when college football players would show up and run drills for the first time while coaches with stopwatches would time them in relative obscurity.
Kyler Murray is a bona fide two-sport star. Oklahoma’s reigning Heisman Trophy winner recently declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, as an undersized dual-threat QB. But the 21-year-old was also selected by the Oakland A’s with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, as a fleet-footed toolsy center fielder. Murray is the latest in a long line of two-sport stars.
Here’s a ranking of history’s most accomplished two-sport athletes of all-time, using the following scoring criteria:
The NFL Scouting Combine (Feb. 22-25) is crossing the finish line on another so-called “Underwear Olympics.” The Combine is just one step in the job interview process leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft (May 8-10). But make no mistake, millions of dollars are on the line during the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical leap, broad jump, cone drills, Wonderlic test and BOD Pod tests.
The news out of Washington was devastating this week, even without all the Beltway drama of what did Dr. James Andrews tell Mike Shanahan about Robert Griffin III’s knee injury and when did he know it? They’re still working on the full extent of the injuries to RGIII’s knee.
But just the hint of possible injuries to his ACL and LCL and the idea that he might need a reconstruction that would force him to miss much, if not all, of the 2014 season, was frightening enough. It’s not only a blow to the future of the Redskins, but it cast a shadow over RGIII’s future.