Farve to Try Major League Baseball?

Bret Farve, who has a spot in the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, waiting for him, is listed as "probable" for the final two games of the 2010 season. But will the close of the NFL season perhaps open a door for him to play professional baseball?

Sources who wish to be anonymous close to the Minnesota Vikings report that Farve has discussed a professional career in baseball and after his most recent injury, could that might be a logical move?

Farve, now 41, was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and raised in the small town of Kiln. He attended Hancock North Central High School where he played baseball and football.

Farve started for the Hancock North Central baseball team as an eighth-grader and earned five varsity letters as well as playing quarterback, lineman, strong safety, placekicker and punter in a team coached by his father, Irvin Farve.

His father, the late Irvin Farve, said he knew immediately that his son had a great arm and he led his high school baseball team in hitting for a remarkable five seasons.

An undisputed lock for the NFL Hall of Fame, Farve suffered a concussion in his most recent game but the club does not rule him out for the game against Philadelphia this week-end and perhaps the season finalé.

The man played through a broken foot, a broken thumb, a separated shoulder, torn biceps and concussions to set a record of 297 consecutive starts. He's played through a lot so why would he want to switch sports at such and advance age?

No one but Farve would have an answer to that, and he would have a very short window to make the move, but those who have watched him over the years could not doubt that he could successfully make the switch to the pitching mound.

Many players have successfully been two sport athletes in both football and baseball. Here are some of the best that have played both, none of which have done so at age 41, although Jim Thorpe played football at age 46.

1. Jackie Robinson. He was All-American in football at UCLA (as well as all Pac-10 in baseball and a record-holding long jumper), and despite arriving in the Major Leagues at age 28, he earned an MVP in 1949 and a well-deserved Hall of Fame selection. This guy could have probably been All-American in any sport he chose.

2. Deion Sanders draws the second spot because of his his great career in the NFL with the Cowboys, 49ers, and the Ravens, and his Major League career that included the World Series with the Braves after playing for the Yankees. In 1992 he stole 50 bases during the regular season and hit .533 in the World Series.

3. Bo Jackson. A Heisman winner at Auburn and the MVP of the 1989 All-Star Game, he was sidelined by a freak injury. Only the shortness of his career kept him from rating higher.

4. Dave Winfield because of the slugging with the Yankees, Padres and Blue Jays. A Hall of Famer in MLB, he also played for the Minnesota Vikings.

5. Jim Thorpe was remarkable in every sport and helped launch the NFL. However, his professional baseball career suffered because of his inability to hit a curveball. John McGraw told a story of a time with the NY Giants when, with Thorpe at bat and runners at first and third, McGraw signaled for a double steal. The throw went to second and was quickly relayed to the plate and Thorpe hit the ball out of the park. When asked about it after the game he said, "That is the first fastball I've seen in the past three months."

6. John Elway. While waiting for his NFL draft situation to be settled, he signed a baseball contract with the NY Yankees. He only played a short time and eventually made the proper decision by sticking with the Denver Broncos.