Football to Golf: A Natural Transition?

May 11, 2017

What happens after you’ve had a successful career as a professional football player? Well, if you’re National Football League Hall of Famer Dan Marino, you become a sports analyst (or someone who analyzes games). If you’re Joe Montana, you go on to become a very successful businessman. If you’re Jimmy Johnson, you become one of the owners of NASCAR. But if you’re Tony Romo, the former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, you try to go pro in another sport. Yep, Tony Romo retired from football in early April and has already decided to try his hand at another sport: golf.

Tony Romo By Keith Allison via @Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Although he was just a few shots away from qualifying for this year’s U.S. Open, he’s not giving up on becoming a professional golfer. Cool, right?

Here are a few other professional athletes who pursued more than one sport:

Michael Jordan By mccarmona23 via @Flickr CC By 2.0

Michael Jordan: He’s arguably one of the greatest NBA basketball players of all time. He retired from the NBA twice. The first time was to play for minor league baseball. The second time, he retired and became a businessman. He’s one of the owners of the Washington Wizards!

By Senior Airman James C. Dillard; cropped by User:Blueag9. (http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123006880) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Bo Jackson: He played in the National Football League and in Major League Baseball. He’s the only athlete to ever be named an All-Star in both sports.

By Jim Accordino (Dion Hitting) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Deion Sanders: He played professional football and baseball at the same time, and was the only person who ever made a touchdown and a home run in the same week! What else? He’s the only person who can claim that he’s played in a Super Bowl and the World Series. He’s now the star of his own T.V. show.

Can you name some other professional athletes who played in more than one sport?