88 percent of NFL draft picks played multiple sports
This year’s NFL Draft provided more proof that young athletes are better off participating in more than one sport.
According to TrackingFootball.com, 224 of the 256 players chosen during the draft were multi-sport athletes in high school. Of all draftees, 63% participated in track and field, 48% played basketball and 10% played baseball.
Players like JJ Watt and coaches like Joe Maddon have been outspoken advocates of multi-sport participation. Many athletes today are convinced that specialization will significantly improve their skills in that particular sport, despite evidence to the contrary.