Florida Gators Quarterback Jeff Driskel is quite a well-rounded athlete. Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in this year’s MLB draft, he is a two sport athlete that still has never had to choose between the games he is so gifted at. Reports have surfaced saying that he has signed a contract with the Red Sox, however the validity of that rumor is up in the air.
Even his parents sound as if they are out of the loop, unsure as to which sport their son will wind up playing.
A testament to his well-rounded athletic ability is the fact that he is a coveted talent in two sports. Playing division 1 football at Florida is something not many people are able to do. Not many can claim to have been drafted by one of baseball’s most storied franchises either. Driskel can claim both on his resume, but the time is fast approaching where he will have to choose between the two sports.
According to his mother he has not reached an agreement to play for the Boston Red Sox, and will continue to play quarterback for the Gators this season as he holds off his debate between baseball and football for another season. “No, he hasn’t done anything since he was drafted,” Jeff’s mother Mary said in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday.
His father on the other hand, claims that his son has signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox, however he will play out this season with the Florida Gators. The contract would then just give the Red Sox the rights to his name until he is ready to end his personal debate between football and baseball. Just an hour after his wife Mary gave her statement on their son’s contract, Jerry Driskel showed the debate between football and baseball was still in full swing. “Heck yeah he signed,” Jerry said enthusiastically. “If football doesn’t work out, he’ll play baseball, but he’s still playing football [at Florida next season].”
So it remains unclear whether he is a member of the Boston Red Sox organization or not. It has become clear that the talented passer is still unsure of which sport he ultimately wants to play. The debate between football and baseball rages on inside the head of Jeff Driskel, but for at least one more season he will be playing quarterback as a member of the Florida Gators.
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