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Helmets Off

May 9, 2018

Every sport has great players who had their careers cut short by injury.

Remember the film The Natural starring Robert Redford?  He was a young pitcher, destined for greatness.  After striking out the greatest hitter of all time, a woman takes interest in him.  She entices him to a hotel room and shoots him.  He survives but his career is out the window.

Roberto Clemente and Thurman Munson both died in plane crashes, but far more players end promising careers via injury.

Troy Tulowitzki was expected to be one of the all time greats.  His first few years put him on the path to the Hall of Fame.  

Mark Fidrych came out of nowhere.  Started pitching with the Detroit Tigers and immediately dominated.  He was a quirky guy and he talked to the baseball.  That drove players crazy.  They thought he was trying to hypnotize him.

One day, Greg Nettles was hitting against Fidrych.  When Fidrych talked to the baseball, Nettles decided to talk to his bad, instructing it to hit a home run.  He struck out and blamed his Japanese bat for not understanding English.

Remember the movie La Bamba about Richie Valens?  Young new hot artist on the rise.  His career was also cut short.  What could have been?

Think about Bo Jackson.  Bo Knows.  He could do anything.  He was so naturally gifted.  

Bo hit a home run in the MLB all star game.  He was also a professional football player.  He was powerful and fast.

Playing the Cincinnati Bengals, a linebacker tackled him rather routinely.  It didn't seem like a big thing.  His leg just caught the right way and it put an unusual force into his hip socket and that was the end of Bo Jackson's career. 

Bo Jackson could have been a Hall of Fame athlete in two sports.  Can you imagine?

Jim Thorpe was like this.  An incredible athlete who won Olympic medals and was a great football player.  It's a once in a generation type of thing.  When is the next phenomenal multi sport athlete

Shohei Ohtani is a pitcher and designated hitter for the A's.  That combination is extremely rare.

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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