Football Super Team: A Football Team From Other Sports’ Athletes

Welcome to the Twilight Zone. In this article I will be pulling athletes from every sport possible to construct a “football super team”.

The goal of this is simple — to have fun. So please leave a comment below and let’s see who would be on your football super team! Grab yourself your favorite beer, cocktail, or a cup of coffee and let’s run through this squad!

Offense

Quarterback

Starter: Joe Mauer, Baseball Player

Joe Mauer may have been the easiest name to pencil in. Mauer was a five-star quarterback coming out of highschool. He had a legitimate chance to be the starting quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles.

Instead, he opted to enter the MLB draft. Not a bad choice at all as he went number one overall and went on to have a hall of fame career in the MLB.

Backup: Jason Kidd, Basketball Player

I could not find anything about Jason Kidd playing football. However, at 6’4” and 215 pounds, he has the frame of a quarterback. Add in his athleticism and vision as a passer on the hardwood and there is a strong chance he turns into a great quarterback.

Playing quarterback isn’t just about height, weight, talent and athleticism though. Jason Kidd is a clear leader, highlighted by become a coach after his hall of fame NBA career was over.

Running Backs

The tandem of Zion Williamson and Russell Westbrook would work well as a classic thunder and lightning duo.

Zion Williamson, Basketball Player

Zion might be a biscuit away from transitioning to the offensive line, but for now he provides enough strength and speed to scare anyone on defense with the ball in his hands and a head of steam.

Williamson would also serve as the fullback and spend time at tight end as well. At 6’6” and 290 pounds, Williamson will move around this offense often. With that size he could develop into a phenomenal blocker.

Russell Westbrook, Basketball Player

Russell Westbrook is one of the most explosive athletes in the NBA. With his competitive mindset and speed, teams would have trouble bringing him down with just one tackler.

Dwayne Wade, Basketball Player

Dwayne Wade would likely come in on third and long situations to provide a pass catching threat out of the backfield. With his speed and quickness he would be a threat to take anything to the house.

Wide Receivers

Experience, speed, quickness, and size. This wide receiver room has absolutely everything an offense could want.

Jeff Samardzija, Baseball Player

Jeff Samardzija was once Notre Dame’s leading receiver two seasons in a row. Accumulating 2,266 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns his final two seasons in South Bend.

Usain Bolt, Olympic Athlete

Usain Bolt’s speed is obvious. His size — 6’5” 205 pounds — is also exciting. He may need to be coached up on the nuances of route running, but he brings dynamic size and speed immediately.

Mookie Betts, Baseball Player

Perhaps under the radar, Mookie Betts is one of the most athletic stars on this list. Mookie is a legitimate professional bowler as well. While competing in the Professional Bowlers Association World Series, Betts bowled a perfect game in 2017.

However, Betts’ bowling prowess is not the reason he is on this lineup. Mookie is a gold glove outfielder in the MLB, showing off incredible ball tracking skills that are valuable for a wide receiver. His second best position is second base, where he displays incredible reaction time and quickness to field ground balls. Those skills would show up every play as a slot receiver.

Kevin Durant, Basketball Player

Kevin Durant is an elite scorer, maybe the best in NBA history. His size — 7’0” and 240 pounds (although there is plenty of debate on his actual measurements) — would provide this team with an almost un-guard-able goal line option. Making him potentially an elite scorer in two sports.

Tight Ends

Giannis Antetokoumpo, Basketball Player

Serving as the same goal line option as Kevin Durant, Giannis gives this team similar size at 6’11” and 250 pounds. However, “The Greek Freak” might bring a slightly nastier streak as a blocker.

Dave Bautista, Wrestler

Our first WWE superstar is here. Some might bash the inclusion of — earmuffs for all 10 year olds reading this — “fake wrestlers”, but they have every right to be on this football super team.

Standing at 6’4” and weighing 280 pounds, Bautista possess enough athleticism for his size to be a weapon as a blocker and still be sufficient as a pass catcher. “The Animal” would be moved around all over the offensive formation to utilize his size and speed as a downhill blocker most often. He would serve as the back-up to Giannis and Zion.

Offensive Line

A football super team is incredibly hard to make inside the trenches. Most big, strong, athletic freaks are currently in the NFL.

Left Tackle: CC Sabathia, Baseball Player
Left Guard: Bartolo Colón, Baseball Player

The left side of this offensive line is featuring two of baseballs biggest pitchers. Not only in name — as Sabathia checks in at 6’6” and 300 pound and Colón at 5’11” and 285 pounds.

Center: Pablo Sandoval, Baseball Player

Pablo Sandoval is easily the smallest lineman on this team. At 5’10” and 270 pounds, “Kung Fu Panda” should be able to use his surprising agility and awareness to be a solid offensive center.

Right Guard: Mark Henry, Wrestler
Right Tackle: The Big Show (Paul Wight), Wrestler

The world’s largest tag team is back. Mark Henry and The Big Show are no strangers to working together, as they were a tag team duo in the WWE from 2013-2014.

The right side of this offensive line would be a terror to go against. Henry at 6’4” and 440 pounds and Wight at 7’0” and 420 pounds, would be absolute maulers as offensive linemen. Paving huge runways for the rest of this football super team.

Defense

Defensive Linemen

Prince Fielder, Baseball Player

Prince Fielder is another big boy in baseball. At 5’11” and 275 pounds, he would work as this football super team’s nose tackle and space-eater along the defensive line.

Charles Barkley, Basketball Player
PJ Tucker, Basketball Player
Dwight Howard, Basketball Player

This trio of basketball players will fill out the defensive line rotation, playing anything from the 3-tech to the 7-tech. All three have exceptional instincts and ability to bat down passes at the line of scrimmage.

Edge Rushers

Lebron James, Basketball Player

One of the most physically gifted athletes of all-time. Most people would simply slot “The King” into his highschool position, tight end and call it a day.

At edge rusher, Lebron has a much better chance at making an impact on every single play. Standing 6’9”and weighing 250 pounds, James in his prime would glide up and down the court as if he was 6’2” and 190 pounds.

Muhammad Ali, Boxer

Muhammad Ali would be an absolute nightmare for offensive lines and quarterbacks. At 6’3” and 215 pounds, Ali may look slightly undersized for an edge rusher. However, Ali’s violent hands, long arms, speed, and agility would be more than enough to stop offensive tackles from ever getting ahold of him.

Jon Jones, Mixed Martial Artist

Jon Jones is an incredibly talented mixed martial artist. At 6’4” and 210 pounds, Jones is another “small” edge rusher. Similar to Muhammad Ali, Jones would rely on technical skills and agility to win on the edge rather than pure strength.

Jon “Bones” Jones is the brother of Arizona Cardinals star edge rusher Chandler Jones. That relationship made slotting in “Bones” Jones at edge rusher a no-brainer.

Linebackers

Barry Bonds, Baseball Player

Barry Bonds might be the most hated athlete on this list. He’s also one of the biggest freaks. At 6’2” and 230 pounds. Barry Bonds would be able to run with any tight end in the NFL while having the size and strength to be a contributor in the running game.

Playing the weak-side linebacker spot, Bonds’ main duty would be to eliminate tight ends and runningbacks in the passing game.

John Cena, Wrestler

John Cena would fit in perfectly as this football super team’s captain on defense. Playing middle linebacker, John Cena would be in-charge of all checks, audibles, and keys.

Cena would back a punch as a hitter, at 6’1” and 250 pounds. His “You can’t see me” motto would also be a nice bonus for a middle of the field defender in pass coverage, Jamies Winston has been warned.

Mike Tyson, Boxer

Mike Tyson was one of the most dominant boxers of all-time. Standing at 5’10” and weighing 220 pounds, Tyson may be under-sized. What he lacks in height and mass, he makes up for with his insane mentality.

Penciling Tyson in as this team’s strong-side linebacker was a no brainer. He would be regarded as one of the hardest hitters on this team, with no regard for the safety of himself or others.

Cornerbacks

Michael Jordan, Basketball Player

The G.O.A.T., Michael Jordan is the perfect athlete to slot in as a cornerback. At 6’6” and 215 pounds, he would be the biggest cornerback in the NFL by a large margin.

Jordan’s ability to match ball handlers step for step on the hardwood would transition nicely to the gridiron when covering wide receivers.

Jordan’s killer instinct and overall mentality of hating to lose is exactly what cornerbacks mentality needs to be to survive on the outside.

Kobe Bryant, Basketball Player

Kobe Bryant is another legend. He is constantly compared to Michael Jordan as a basketball player, so it’s common sense to make him Jordan’s teammate in the secondary.

Everything said about Michael Jordan and his fit as a cornerback is exactly the same for Kobe Bryant.

This duo would play plenty of press-man coverage. Jamming wide receivers at the line of scrimmage and disrupting the timing of every pass.

Allen Iverson, Basketball Player

Allen Iverson’s highschool highlight tape is absolutely incredible to watch, check that out here. He was a quarterback at Bethel Highschool in Hampton, Virginia. However, Iverson is a pure playmaker. Where ever he is on the field he will be electric.

Someone with Allen Iverson’s level swagger and extreme confidence is a must in any secondary. He would have free reign as a nickel corner to freelance at times and make big time plays. While also possessing the athleticism to stay with just about any wide receiver lined up across from him.

Kamaru Usman, Mixed Martial Artist

Another mixed martial artist on this football super team. Kamaru Usman would provide some needed physicality to this secondary. At 6’0” and 170 pounds, Usman’s role would be near the line of scrimmage as a corner-safety hybrid.

Usman’s background as a wrestler would help immensely when shedding blocks and making tackles in the run game.

Safeties

Mike Trout, Baseball Player

Built similarly to Barry Bonds, Mike Trout is listed at 6’2” and 235 pounds. Trout’s elite range and size gives him the ability to be versatile in the secondary.

Trout’s ability to be a force in the box at his size while also being able to drop deep and play the middle of the field is the perfect blend of athleticism and size for a safety.

Ken Griffey jr., Baseball Player

Ken Griffey jr. is regarded as one of the most iconic baseball players of all-time. He brought a unique swagger to a baseball diamond not many other players have. His swagger and confidence are only the icing on the cake though.

“The Kid” is also known as one of the greatest outfielders of all-time, winning ten gold gloves in his MLB career. At 6’3” and 200 pounds, Griffey would play a true high-safety role as a coverage player.

Special Teams

Place Kicker: Lionel Messi
Punter: Pelé

Two of the greatest soccer players of all-time as this football super team’s kicker and punter, seems logical enough.

Lionel Messi and Pelé both are clearly athletic enough to make plays on fake punts and kicks as well. Using their incredible speed to get to the edge and pick up first downs on trick plays.

Kick/Punt Returner: Derrick Rose, Basketball Player

One of the most explosive athletes since 2010. If not for injuries, Derrick Rose would be looked at as one of the greatest pure athletes of all-time. Rose was electric with the ball in his hands on a basketball court, that would transition nicely to a football field in open space.

Conclusion

This was one of the most fun articles I’ve ever done. Going back and watching some of these incredible athletes play highschool football was a joy. With that being said, I’d love to see what team you would put together. Comment below who would be on your squad or tweet at me @ryanmcaloon!


BREAKING: Texas Recruiting Lands Another Exciting Piece To Their Secondary

Texas Recruiting
Image via Larry Turner-Gooden’s Twitter// @freshboylarry3

Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns have had an incredible off-season. After missing a bowl game and losing to Kansas, Texas looked like a disaster. Sarkisian and the staff have flipped the narrative completely from a down program to an up-and-coming potential top ten team. Mainly with Texas’ recruiting class, which currently ranks fifth in the nation.

The trenches were clearly a main priority on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball this year because of the move to the SEC. However, the secondary was also an issue and with the Longhorns two starting safeties gone there are plenty of questions.

Enter Larry Turner-Gooden from Mission Hills, California. Turner-Gooden was reportedly leaning towards Texas since before National Signing Day One, but never officially committed or signed. Now today he has officially committed to the Forty Acres and this Texas recruiting class gets another boost.

Larry Turner-Gooden’s Impact

Texas Recruiting
Image via Larry Turner-Gooden’s Twitter// @freshboylarry3

Larry Turner-Gooden is exactly the kind of defensive back that Pete Kwiatkowski is looking for. At 6’0” and 180 pounds, Turner-Gooden possesses the size that Coach Kwiatkowski needs from the back-end of his defense. “LTG” is also a perfect fit in this defense because of his speed, instincts, and physicality.

The Texas starting cornerbacks are probably set. With D’Shawn Jamison and Anthony Cook returning to their roles as boundary and slot cornerback, respectively. Furthermore, the addition of Ryan Watts in the transfer portal would seemingly fill the other boundary cornerback position.

That leaves safety as the biggest hole in the secondary. Both of the Longhorns starting safeties spots are wide open because of the departures of Brendan Schooler and BJ Foster. Larry Turner-Gooden could have an immediate impact on this defense if he wins a job this fall or throughout the season.

Closing

This Texas recruiting class continues to impress with seemingly high impact level players at almost every position. Longhorn Nation should be very excited about the direction of this program under Steve Sarkisian and the staff he has assembled.


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Texas Recruiting

Texas NSD1 Recap: Offense

Here is a recap of everyone on offense who has officially signed with The University of Texas. You can check out our NSD1 defense roundup, here. We will be updating this list as new names come in.

Image via @JaydonBlue

Quarterback

The most important position in all of sports. The Longhorns came out of the 2021 season filled with questions. Can Casey Thompson lead this team to a conference championship-esque season when healthy? Can Hudson Card put it all together and use his natural talent as a passer and as a runner to give Texas that explosive offense they lacked without Bijan? Will Maalik Murphy come in immediately and win the starting job outright? All of those questions were valid, but certainly far from settling for Texas fans.

With news that Texas has landed Quinn Ewers, all of those questions do not need to be answered. Quinn Ewers will be the starting quarterback for Texas in 2022. He has more natural talent than everyone in this quarterback room and a year of college football already under his belt.

Maalik Murphy, Four-Star

Maalik Murphy is one of the most physically gifted quarterbacks in the 2022 recruiting cycle. After leading Serra Highschool to a state championship, Murphy is primed to be an early enrollee for Texas this spring. At 6’4” and 220 pounds, Murphy is built like a Power-Five starting quarterback as well.

With Quinn Ewers in town, Maalik Murphy is in a prime position to learn Steve Sarkisian’s offense inside and out before ever having to start a game.

Murphy’s biggest weakness was his lack of experience, so you could argue sitting for two seasons is not ideal for his development. However, Mac Jones and Bryce Young are both recent examples as to why sitting and learning an offense is extremely beneficial.

Runningback

Arguably the Longhorns most talented position group, Stan Drayton has done a tremendous job in Austin. The history of Longhorns runningbacks is iconic. Obviously headlined by Heisman winners Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams, Bijan Robinson is seemingly next in-line. Filling out the room: Roschon Johnson, Keilan Robinson, and Johnathan Brooks have all had flashes of greatness of their own.

Jaydon Blue, Four-Star

The number one ranked runningback in the country before opting-out of his senior year of highschool, Jaydon Blue looks to be the next-great Longhorns runningback. At 6’0” and 205 pounds, Blue has some room to fill out his frame, but already looked like a college runningback his Junior year of highschool.

It will be difficult for Blue to see the field in 2022, but he is talented enough to warrant some touches.

Wide Receiver

One of Texas’ thinnest positions last year. 2021 true freshman Xavier Worthy took full advantage of it, posting nearly 1,000 yards (998, to be exact). Now looking like the Longhorns bonafide number one receiver, Worthy will have more competition with Jordan Whittington and Troy Omeire coming back completely healthy along with these talented incoming freshman.

Brenen Thompson, Four-Star

A speedster out of Spearman Texas, Brenen Thompson adds a new dynamic to this Texas offense. Xavier Worthy and Jordan Whittington certainly don’t lack speed, but Thompson has it in spades.

At 5’10” and 165 pounds, Thompson will likely see a majority of his snaps in the slot. Thompson’s game-breaking speed should allow him to see the field early.

Savion Red, Three-Star

At 5’10” and 210 pounds, Savion Red is built like a runningback. Red is also not lacking in speed, but with his frame he will add value as a special teamer as well.

Red may not see the field much in 2022, but I expect him to carve out a role in the future as a slot receiver and return man.

Xavion Brice, Three-Star

Another participant in Flipmas, Xavion Brice decommitted from Oklahoma this morning and signed with the Longhorns. At 6’1” and 175 pounds, Brice is a great athlete. He should provide this receivers room with talented depth and could work his way into a starting role in the future. He is also a defensive back, depending on where this coaching staff sees him excelling, we could see him on defense as well.

Offensive Line

Kyle Flood is building the Great Wall of Austin. With the offensive line arguably being the Longhorns biggest weakness in 2021, this Texas staff has clearly prioritized the trenches. I predict at least two true freshman to be starting by the end of the 2022 season.

Kelvin Banks jr., Five-Star

Another huge flip for Texas, Kelvin Banks was originally committed to the University of Oregon. Kyle Flood and the Texas staff worked quickly when Mario Cristobal left Oregon for the University of Miami and managed to flip Banks to Austin.

Kelvin Banks is a prototypical offensive tackle. At 6’5” and 315 pounds, Banks should be in-line to contribute immediately at either tackle spot.

Neto Umeozulu, Four-Star

At 6’4” and 285 pounds, Neto Umeozulu is one of the lightest offensive lineman Texas and Kyle Flood have recruited this cycle. With his impressive feet and agility, Neto seems to be a logical fit at center. With Jake Majors still on the Forty Acres, I envision Neto to have a redshirt freshman year.

Malik Agbo, Four-Star

Another mauler along the offensive line. Malik Agbo, standing at 6’6” and 320 pounds, will be a welcomed addition to this offensive line room as well.

With a chance to play immediately, Agbo could prove to be one of the most important additions to this 2022 recruiting class.

Cole Hutson, Four-Star

Cole Hutson has been committed to Texas since early July. Hutson, standing at 6’5” and 315 pounds, brings a mean streak to this Texas front. Hutson is consistently burying defenders and served up quite a few pancakes in highschool.

Right now I envision Cole Hutson as a development piece along the interior for 2022. A probable redshirt, Hutson could be a staple on this offensive line in the future.

Cameron Williams, Three-Star

We have talked plenty about size, but Cameron Williams takes the cake—no pun intended. Williams is a behemoth at 6’7” and 370 pounds. These numbers are not official, but if he is anywhere close to them he is still a massive human being.

With some surprising quickness to his game, Williams is still able to move around well for his size. I don’t envision him starting in 2022, but he could be another key player in the future for Texas.

Connor Robertson, Three-Star

Homegrown from Westlake Highschool in Austin, Connor Robertson is another solid addition to this Texas Longhorns recruiting class. Robertson is most likely another developmental piece along this offensive line, but his potential for positional versatility will be a key addition for Kyle Flood.

Closing

Overall, Kyle Flood is this off-season’s MVP. He and Steve Sarkisian had an incredibly impressive haul. Sarkisian has proven that he can recruit at an elite level on the offensive side, so far. Around The Block — Longhorns defensive NSD1 roundup can be found here, so check it out as well for an in-depth look at the defensive side of this class. As always, Hook’em.


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Texas Recruiting Class

BREAKING NEWS: Quinn Ewers Is Officially A Texas Longhorn

Quinn Ewers Texas
Sam Ehlinger and Quinn Ewers training together

The Quinn Ewers Saga is officially over. With the announcement today that he will be transferring to The University of Texas, Ewers will be a Texas Longhorn.

Off-Season Boost

Quinn Ewers was originally apart of this 2022 recruiting cycle before reclassifying. His relationships with some of these recruits are still strong and could be a factor in pulling more talent to the Forty Acres this off-season.

The biggest name that Ewers could bring with him to Austin is Evan Stewart. The ultra-talented wide receiver recently committed to Texas A&M, but has been somewhat of a wild card this entire recruiting cycle. It wouldn’t surprise anyone to see him flip back to Texas now that his friend Quinn Ewers is here.

Impact on the 2022 Season

Quinn Ewers will undoubtably step onto campus and be the most talented quarterback there. With Hudson Card, Casey Thompson, and true freshman Maalik Murphy also expected to be in Austin, Ewers will have competition. I expect Ewers will win the starting job.

With Ewers as the starting quarterback, Xavier Worthy as our number one wide receiver, Bijan Robinson as our workhorse runningback, and Steve Sarkisian as the play caller, Texas has the ceiling to be the number one offense in college football. That is not hyperbole, this offensive line is also going to improve under Kyle Flood in year two.

Closing

Overall, this is the biggest win Texas Football has had all season long. Ewers is talented enough to take this program to a national championship similar to Vince Young, the last 1.000 rated quarterback recruit. Quinn Ewers, Texas starting quarterback has a nice ring to it. Get excited Longhorn Nation, the tides are turning in Austin.


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BREAKING NEWS: Texas Longhorns Land A Five-Star Offensive Tackle

Texas Longhorns
Image via Will Gallagher/Inside Texas

Kelvin Banks Jr. has officially committed to the University of Texas! One of the biggest commitments in this Texas Longhorns 2022 class, both literally and figuratively.

The Longhorns had a multitude of issues on offense last year. Yes, they scored 35.2 points per game, good for 21st in the nation. However, there were times this year where Steve Sarkisian and this offense could not get going. Texas’ offensive line was a huge reason why.

Impact Day One

Kelvin Banks is a consensus top 15 recruit in the 2022 cycle. At 6’5” and 300 pounds, Banks is already big enough to make the jump to the next level and play on Saturdays.

With Derek Kerstetter and Tope Imade graduating, the Texas offensive line is without two starters. Kelvin Banks could come in immediately and prove to be a freshman All-American tackle.

If Coach Kyle Flood likes the way Christian Jones (2021 left tackle) and Andrej Karic (2021 backup tackle/guard) developed, Banks could also slide into the vacant right guard spot left by Tope Imade.

The Future of Texas Longhorns Football

Kyle Flood is one of the best offensive line coaches in the nation and needed to get homegrown talent into the forty acres. Securing a commitment from a five-star offensive tackle from Humble, Texas is the perfect start.

With Texas moving to the SEC, Steve Sarkisian understands that these offensive and defensive lines must be littered with All-Americans and NFL-caliber players. The SEC has become more of a spread-base offense, but it’s still all about the trenches. Look no further than the Arkansas game in Week Two of this past season.

Landing Kelvin Banks is step one. This Texas staff is going to have to continue to land these top offensive line recruits and develop them. When Texas starts consistently putting offensive lineman in the first and second round of the NFL draft, future recruits will take notice.

Closing

Kelvin Banks is just one piece of this massive off-season for Texas. Steve Sarkisian and the staff have a lot of work to do to revamp this program. Clearly the staff is prioritizing the trenches this recruiting cycle, a good sign for the future of Texas Football.


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