A.J. Brown stokes dreams to return to baseball, requests MLB workout
A.J. Brown may be looking to expand his athletic pursuits, and can thank Bo Jackson for the inspiration.
The former Ole Miss star and Tennessee Titans wide receiver retweeted a Super 70s Sports tweet about Bo Jackson, which said, “In 1989, Bo Jackson had 32 home runs and 105 RBI and then averaged 5.5 yards per carry that fall in the NFL. Think about that for a minute. Even if you’re already aware.”
“Sometimes I think about playing both sports again,” Brown wrote on Twitter. “(Padres), all I need is a workout. I still got.”
Brown tagged the Padres in his tweet because he was drafted in the 19th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by San Diego.
— AJ Brown (@1kalwaysopen_) January 26, 2022
Brown’s rookie contract expires after next season, and beyond that, a bank-breaking second contract beckons in 2023, NFL.com reported. Brown pulled in 869 receiving yards for the Titans and was at times the focal point of the team’s offense when running back Derrick Henry was out with a foot injury. Had he not missed 4 games, he almost certainly would have notched his third 1,000-yard receiving season in his third year in the league.
Brown was a star centerfielder at Starkville (Miss.) High, and was selected for the 2015 UnderArmour All-America team. A key reason he fell to the 19th round was that MLB clubs were rightly convinced he’d choose football, and didn’t want to waste too high a draft pick on someone they wouldn’t be able to sign.