Eventually Pederson had to quit football so he could focus on baseball and advance his career. That doesn't mean he no longer loves the gridiron however. Hardly. Pederson recently lobbied the NFL's Los Angeles Rams for a tryout:
I guess we could call that the reverse Tim Tebow, right? Going from baseball to football?
Anyway, the Rams granted Pederson's wish earlier this week. Well, sort of. Pederson and Dodgers teammate Micah Johnson were at Rams practice this week catching balls from quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Check it out:
stickies 🖐🏼 pic.twitter.com/hk6dUHd9mM— Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) November 16, 2016
Considering the Rams have only nine receiving touchdowns in nine games this season, maybe giving Pederson a shot wouldn't be such a bad idea? I'm guessing the Dodgers would not be too happy about that.
Pederson seems to be doing alright for himself at baseball anyway. The 24-year-old hit .246/.352/.495 (129 OPS+) with 25 home runs in 2016. He's been worth +5.8 WAR in his first two full MLB seasons.
Here's our fantasy football team of MLB players. Maybe we should have included Pederson, huh?