Ty Linton leaving football to attend flight school

There doesn’t seem to be a venue that is off limits for Ty Linton to pursue.

Linton, the college football hopeful turned MLB prospect turned returning football hopeful — did everyone keep up with that? — is moving on from the team sports market to pursue a career as a pilot, CBSSports and other outlets reported on Tuesday.

The sophomore will leave NC State and has enrolled in MTSU’s aeronautical science program, a press release from the school said.

According to the release, aviation is something that runs in Linton’s family.

“My dream has always been to become a pilot. My mom, dad and two sisters are in the flight industry so it’s always been a passion of mine,” Linton said. “I’m 25 years old with two knee surgeries behind me and no ambition to play football at the next level, so it’s time for me to start thinking about my career.”

Linton was in fact confined to the Wolfpack’s bench all of the 2014 with an ACL injury.

Prior to that, he spent three years in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization after being selected in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He posted a .233 batting average with 10 home runs, 53 RBI and a .285 on-base percentage in 116 games played at the rookie and single-A levels.

The choice to pursue a baseball career came after the North Carolina native had committed to UNC as a recruit, which caused a few eyebrows to arch when he chose to attend rival NC State following his baseball career.

While aviation isn’t heavily reported on in the greater sports realm, it wouldn’t be terribly surprising if Linton’s name pops back up in the near future.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to North Carolina State athletics

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