When you think about people that can play two sports at a great level, instantly Bo Jackson comes to the mind; he performed at the highest level both at the NFL and the MLB. Another player that is trying to do that is Tim Tebow, who was a great college quarterback and was able to make it into the NFL, but his performances weren't as good as most people expected; now he is trying to make his way in baseball playing in the minors.
But the story is different for Hayden Hurst, who just got drafted by the Baltimore Ravens with the 25th selection in the NFL Draft on Thursday. Hurst once was a highly regarded MLB prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
He was traded from high school in the 7th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Pirates as a pitcher, but out of nowhere he developed the yips, and he couldn't continue his career on the mound, as he only appeared once in the Gulf Coast League in 2013.
Hardball Times keeps a database of baseball players who have had Tommy John surgery.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) 27 de abril de 2018
One of the youngest people in the database is Hayden Hurst, who just got picked by the Baltimore Ravens.
He had Tommy John when he was 13 in the eighth grade. pic.twitter.com/Gi2hjCR6L4
The following season, Hurst tried to reinvent himself now as a first baseman, but that didn't work out either. But according to Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, his pitching coach Scott Elarton gave him an important advice:
I told him one day, 'You need to go play football. Quit beating around the bush, because that's where your heart is. I gave him a hug. I was glad it was over, he was glad it was over. For Hayden, I think moving on was more of a relief than anything else.
Hurst was 20 at the time, and he could get a scholarship at South Carolina in 2016 and made an impressive career in college football as a tight end. Now the tables have turned for good and life gave him a second chance, as he just got drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.