Could Bryce Harper have been Bo Jackson?

Could Bryce Harper have been Bo Jackson?
August 15, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Bryce Harper, football star?

Could Bryce Harper have been a two-sport star like Bo Jackson? That question will never be answered, but Harper says football was his first love.

If not for a broken wrist as a freshman in high school, the National's wunderkind would have pursued both football and baseball.

Asked in an exclusive interview with CSN Washington his favorite part about football, Harper replied simply, "Crushing people. Just hitting guys. I loved doing it."

At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, Harper has the size for football. He certainly has speed, and few would question his tenacity or toughness, especially as witnessed earlier this season when Harper ran full force into the wall at Dodger's Stadium. 

Some of the best athletes in the world often played other sports in their youth.

In high school, LeBron James ranked as one of Ohio's best prep football players. In a similar story to Harper's, James suffered a broken arm in high school and then decided to focus on basketball.

For Harper, he was too good for local little league baseball at a young age, but was able to play football with older kids. 

"That was something I loved to do. Something I wanted to do. I loved football."

Harper may have a broken wrist to thank, but his career in baseball looks very bright. Bryce knows baseball.