If one sport doesn’t work out, why not try another? Athletes who are physically gifted tend to play multiple sports and are tasked with the choice of what to play. Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson and Drew Henson are a few examples of multiple professional sport athletes, but one who could be added to that list is Brandon Magee.
Magee was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2012 and attended spring training last year, but elected to go to the NFL after signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Magee registered six tackles for Tampa Bay on special teams and was a depth linebacker. He was cut Wednesday and ultimately made the decision to try his luck in baseball.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity they gave me at the time. Right now, I’m focused on spring training,” Magee told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.
Magee had promise in both sports as a two sport athlete at Arizona State University, the same school that housed Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia as well as Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler and Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier.
During Magee’s time in Arizona, the Sun Devils won consecutive Pac-12 titles and also attended the College World Series. His last season was in 2011 when he only played eight games due to a torn UCL which kept him sidelined for the rest of that season and the next. He carried a slash line of .154/.313/.231 in 2011.
Magee, an outfielder by trade, will be facing an uphill battle on making the big league roster.