After much contemplation and research into the subject, I have found that it’s been quite some time since there has been an athlete who has garnered the label ‘star’ in both collegiate football and basketball. I write this article to ask you, our readers, whether or not we will see another such athlete over the next decade? If so, who? If not, convince me why. I have my own take on the matter, but I want to hear from our readers.
Not since Tony Gonzalez has there been a player that you could label as a ‘star’ in both college football and basketball. He was an All-American at Cal in football and an all-conference player in basketball. Not too many in the history of sports have achieved such honors or had the mental fortitude and dedication to excel at both (Just look at the Hall of Fame career Gonzalez has put together playing for the Chiefs and the Falcons.).
With demands on student-athletes grueling, the competition in each and every sport fierce, and the classroom necessities, it is hard-pressed to excel in both. In the Pacific Northwest we currently have two players who are trying to accomplish just that and are finding out that it’s much easier said then done. Washington’s Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and our own Arik Armstead were heralded football recruits who have an undeniable passion to excel at both. Can it be done? I leave that question to you.
Feature photo courtesy of Kevin Cline