IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-27-2020)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”
Super Bowl quarterback Patrick Mahomes was quite the high school athlete. He starred in basketball, baseball and football. However, the professional sport of football he now plays was not his best sport in his younger years.
Today, most student-athletes tend to specialize in one sport early in their high school years. According to Mahomes’ high school football coach, he was much more successful in basketball and baseball his 9th and 10th grade years.
He played defensive back in football until his junior year. He wanted to be a quarterback and thought briefly about giving up on football since he wasn’t playing the position he desired.
Multi-sport athletes in high school seem to be a dying breed. I encourage all athletes to play as many sports as they can for as long as they can. Just think, if Patrick Mahomes had chosen baseball or basketball early on, he may have never reached his full potential as an NFL quarterback !
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