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3 sport athletes

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  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 38,606 Super Moderator
    edited May 2017
    I believe Bill Belichick was a three sporter at Wesleyan (football, squash, LAX).
    That was 100 years ago (OK, 42 years ago). Three sport athletes were more common a generation ago (or longer in Belichick's case), but these days, the buzzword is specialization, and multi-sport athletes are a rarity. Right or wrong, it is what it is.
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  • sushirittosushiritto Registered User Posts: 2,284 Senior Member
    Nowadays, both at the high school and college levels, the best athletes are sitting out to protect either their scholarships or their future professional careers.

    Two examples: One local high school football player sat out his high school's playoffs because he didn't want to get hurt and affect his D1 football scholarship. And Christian McCaffrey sat out the Sun Bowl so he could prepare for the NFL Draft. There are probably hundreds of similar examples. Multi-sport athletes are a dying or dead breed.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 19,584 Senior Member
    In the olden days, the 2 or 3 sport athletes were the top of the heap. Dion Sanders, Bo Jackson, John Elway. A bunch of the U of Miami football players had track scholarships when Miami lost football scholarships in the 1980's. Christian McCaffrey was a three sport athlete in high school (as are/were his brothers). McCaffrey admitted he would have played in the bowl game if Stanford was going for a national championship or probably the Rose Bowl.

    It's not uncommon for field hockey and lacrosse to share athletes. I think it might be easier if the second sport is an 'individual' one, like track or swimming or golf, when the entire team isn't waiting for the player to finish up the first sport.
  • gointhruaphasegointhruaphase Registered User Posts: 461 Member
    Three sport athletes do exist, but as everyone has said, they are quite rare. This gives some insight into playing three sports in a NESCAC school.

    https://www.colby.edu/magazine/three-sports-for-standout-athlete-kate-pistel-play-is-nonstop/
  • ChembiodadChembiodad Registered User Posts: 2,435 Senior Member
    There a quite a few two sport athletes in NESCAC and similar high level D3 conferences.
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