Aaron Judge could be the next Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders.
After having a historic season by setting an AL record of home runs and almost winning the triple crown, Judge is expected to get a massive contract this offseason, as he is the AL MVP favorite. He already got his first contract offer, but from a team that no one saw coming.
On a recent episode of Tom Brady’s “Let’s Go” Podcast, he was very adamant on Judge possibly making an appearance “I was certainly wondering what it would take to get you down in Tampa to be a tight end for us next year.”
When most people hear this, a normal thought is that this is just crazy. But it’s not like Judge doesn’t have any experience playing football, as he was a terrific wide receiver at his high school, where he ended up setting a school record during his time there with 17 touchdown receptions.
With him reaching six feet seven inches in high school, he was heavily recruited to play tight end by elite football schools, including Notre Dame, UCLA, and Stanford, before he ended up choosing to play baseball at Fresno State.
He has a 27.3 Ft/s sprint speed, meaning that he can run a very good 40-yard dash. And is pretty strong weighing in at 282 pounds. There is no question that Judge can definitely compete with NFL athletes, which Brady concurs with. “The way you run, the size, the catch radius, the power… I know you were a great high school football player.”
Now the question is, would it be a smart decision for Judge to make the leap to the NFL. It’s key to note that he has had an injury-plagued career. He had a wrist fracture in 2018, and an oblique strain in 2019, that costed him about two months in each season. He played less than half the games in the shortened 2020 season due to a calf strain.
Now since he has already had several significant injuries during his career, and if he decides to join the Bucs in the NFL, his value in the MLB could drop in a hurry. His injuries will more than likely go up, and with the NFL just getting started in September, it is the absolute worst time he could get hurt with the MLB playoffs approaching during that time.
Before Judge can consider any sort of NFL career, he needs to focus and take care of business with the Yankees in these playoffs. As the Yankees fell to the Guardians on Friday, 4-2 in 10 innings, Judge had one of his worst games in recent memory. He went 0-5 with four strikeouts, which caused Yankees fans to start booing him. He is 1-8 this postseason with no home runs, no RBI, and a walk.
As the end of the season approaches, he will be looking to get one of the biggest contracts in MLB history, whether that’s from the Yankees, or elsewhere. Once he gets that settled, then he may consider anything from Tom Brady. Whatever he decides to do, Judge is going to have one offseason to remember.