The All-NFL Baseball Team

Jeremy KaufmanSenior Analyst IFebruary 29, 2008

I did this once before with my All-NBA Football Team, so I decided to try it again. This time, I put together a baseball team made up entirely of current NFL players. Let me know what you think.

Catcher: Tom Brady

Believe it or not, before he was a star on the gridiron, Brady was a pretty decent baseball prospect as a catcher. Brady has the leadership and the skills to play behind the plate.

1st Base: Tony Gonzalez

Before going pro, Tony was a star in both basketball and football. Could his athleticism translate onto the diamond too? He has the size and the athletic ability, so who knows?

2nd Base: Darren Sproles

He may be small, but Darren has the quickness and agility to hold it down at the position. Also, with his speed, I could definitely see him stealing some bases

Shortstop: Vince Young

He has the speed, he has the leadership, and he has the arm. He’s a perfect shortstop for the team.

3rd Base: Drew Henson

Hey, he used to be a top of the line prospect in the Yankee organization, but instead opted to pursue a career on the gridiron. He may not be succeeding as much as he would have hoped in football, but his talent is still there at the hot corner.

Left Field: Matt Jones

Jones is a super-freak of an athlete that was converted from quarterback to wide receiver upon entering the ranks of the NFL. With his height (6’6), his speed, and his natural athleticism, I think Matt can handle the left side of the outfield.

Center Field: Antonio Cromartie

With his knack for picking off balls in the air, you know he’s ready to play centerfield. It wouldn’t be any different from playing football, except he doesn’t have to face off against a wide out to make a catch.

Right Field: Jamarcus Russell

Even though he’s still very young, Russell has one of the strongest arms in football. I could see him throwing out runners at the plate all day.

Pitcher: Jared Lorenzen

That’s right, I chose the hefty lefty. Believe it or not, Jared was a left-handed pitcher back in high school, so he has the experience.  Besides, he wouldn’t be the only large lefty to become a successful pitcher in baseball. C.C Sabathia, the reigning Cy Young winner, weighs in at 296 and is a lefty as well. Coincidence? I think not.