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88 percent of NFL draft picks played multiple sports

May 4, 2015 / BasketballCoachingTrack & Field
This year’s NFL Draft provided more proof that young athletes are better off participating in more than one sport.

Sixty-three percent of NFL draft picks were track and field athletes in high school. | Photo via Superdupereditor, Wikimedia Commons
Sixty-three percent of NFL draft picks were track and field athletes in high school. | Photo via Superdupereditor, Wikimedia Commons

According to TrackingFootball.com, 224 of the 256 players chosen during the draft were multi-sport athletes in high school. Of all draftees, 63% participated in track and field, 48% played basketball and 10% played baseball.

The website also found that one-third (94 players) were three-sport athletes in high school.

Players like JJ Watt and coaches like Joe Maddon have been outspoken advocates of multi-sport participation. Many athletes today are convinced that specialization will significantly improve their skills in that particular sport, despite evidence to the contrary.


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