Think of all the former two-sport college athletes we have seen in the past. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks tight end, played both football and basketball at Miami and excelled in both.
Tony Gonzalez, a now retired NFL tight end and surefire Hall of Famer, also played both of those sports at Cal. Could we be seeing the next great NFL tight end in former Western Kentucky forward George Fant?
BG Daily News reported that Hilltopper head basketball coach Ray Harper confirmed that Fant would be playing football for the school in the fall. Fant, a senior at WKU, used all four years of his basketball eligibility and, by NCAA rules, has one more year of eligibility for a collegiate sport.
“You will still have the opportunity to see him on the Hill as he’s going to play football next year,” Harper told fans at Colton’s Steak House and Grill. “We are desperately going to miss big George.”
Fant has not attended any full workouts with the football team, but he has been privately attending sessions with strength coach Justin Lovett.
Lovett worked out Jacksonville Jaguar tight end Julius Thomas when he was the strength coach for one season with the Denver Broncos. Lovett has experience with dual sport athletes, as Thomas was one himself, playing both basketball and football at Portland State.
Fant confirmed that NFL teams had interest in him for a position. I bet you can’t guess what position that was. That’s right…tight end. Fant hasn’t played football since eighth grade, so it will take some work for him to be considered the next great dual sport college athlete.
Heck, it worked for these guys, why not Fant?
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