John Elway played baseball while growing up and was a two-sport star in football and baseball at Stanford University. Elway was drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 1981 MLB draft, and George Steinbrenner envisioned him as the team’s starting right fielder by 1985. Elway used that fact as leverage when it came to football.
The Colts drafted him first overall in the 1983 NFL draft, but Elway didn’t want to play there and stated that he was a baseball player shortly thereafter. That was just a ploy to get the Colts to trade him, which they did, shipping him to Denver where he spent his entire Hall of Fame career.
As for his ability on the diamond, Elway led his Yankees Single-A minor league team in batting average, on-base percentage and OPS. He played 42 games with the Oneonta Yankees of the New York-Pennsylvania League and also led the team in outfield assists and posted a perfect fielding percentage.
Maybe Elway could have been just as good in baseball as he was in football.