Chad Hutchinson: MLB and NFL (Photo by Stanford Athletics)
Along with legendary Hall of Famer Ernie Nevers, Chad Hutchinson is the only Stanford athlete ever to play in both MLB and the NFL.
After a storied high school career in both baseball and football in Del Mar, Calif., Hutchinson played QB on The Farm in 1996-97 for Coach Ty Willingham.
In 1996, he led the Cardinal to a 7-5 record and a 38-0 victory over Michigan State in the Sun Bowl, where he was named MVP.
He ranks 10th all time among Cardinal QBs in career completions. His career completion percentage of 60.4 percent is sixth of all time, trailing only the likes of Luck, Elway and a few others.
Once named the top baseball prospect nationally by Baseball America, Hutchinson was one of the staff's aces from 1996-98. A freshman All-American, Hutchinson’s career numbers included 25 wins and 299 Ks.
The Cardinal went to the CWS in 1997, as Hutchinson went 8-4 and fanned 114. In 1998, Hutchinson threw a no-hitter against Fresno State—the last time that's been done by a Stanford pitcher.
Hutchinson was a second-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1997 and pitched in three games at the MLB level in 2001.
He then turned to the NFL, where he started for the Dallas Cowboys for part of 2002 and for the Bears for several games in 2004. He threw for over 2,400 yards in his three-year NFL career.
That was pretty easy to write. But think about the degree of difficulty of actually being both an MLB pitcher and an NFL QB.