Watt’s philanthropic efforts haven’t gone unnoticed and it spurred the following question: who would you ideally want on your softball team?
The NFL is host to numerous multitalented athletes, and below is our best estimation of what a star-studded team would look like.
Pitcher – Matthew Stafford
Stafford played high school baseball on the same team as Clayton Kershaw and boasts one of the strongest arms in the NFL. Although there are a number of candidates who’d be ideally suited on the mound, Stafford edges the rest of the field.
Catcher – Tom Brady
In another life, Tom Brady could’ve been a major-league catcher. Brady was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft, but opted to play football instead. Turned out to be a pretty good decision, but he’ll be recruited for this All-Star team.
1st baseman – J.J. Watt
Watt sports the robust power that’s become expected of first basemen everywhere, and he often shows off his ability to crush softballs during his annual event. Given that he frequently plays softball and is quicker than most at his position, Watt gets the nod here.
2nd baseman – Russell Wilson
Wilson played second base during his career at NC State, and briefly continued his career in the minor leagues for the Asheville Tourists. The Seahawks quarterback sports a nearly unmatched resume at this position and it’s not a stretch to see him turning double plays with ease.
3rd baseman – Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald led the NFL with 107 receptions last season and it’s possible that his tremendous catch radius would work equally well on the diamond. The veteran wide receiver is widely regarded as one of the most respected players in the game and would be a fun guy to have on the roster in any event.
Shortstop – Odell Beckham Jr.
During his first three seasons, Beckham proved that he can get to any ball within his vicinity and this trait could be put to use on the diamond. With a wicked first step, Beckham’s athleticism would be certainly valued here.
Left fielder – Eric Decker
Decker played both baseball and football during his collegiate career and was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 39th round of the 2008 MLB Draft. If Decker is fully recovered from a shoulder injury, he’d certainly be an asset on the field.
Center fielder – Earl Thomas
Thomas is often described as a “center fielder” on the football field, hanging back in the middle of the Seahawks’ Cover 3 scheme to alleviate mistakes made by the rest of the defense. Although it’s not a direct translation, Thomas’ otherworldly recovery speed would be an asset in center field with a great ability to track down balls to the warning track.
Right fielder – Jameis Winston
Winston served as a relief pitcher and right fielder during his career at Florida State with many unaware of his baseball exploits after leading the Seminoles to a national title on the football field. If anyone needs convincing about Winston’s ability, just watch him throw out an unsuspecting opponent from right field on an absolute bullet.
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