Word came out today that ex-quarterback Zach Lee, who is in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, has not entirely closed the door on his football career. Lee finally made it to the big leagues last season, but he gave 7 runs in just 4.2 innings. And now he’s thinking about life after baseball.
Lee is 45-41 with a 3.87 ERA in his 646.1 Minor League innings, so it does seem like he’s at a crossroads in his career about whether or not he wants to continue along the path of a pitcher or revert back to his quarterback ways.
In the event that the 24-year-old former star quarterback does not get his chance to be a major-league pitcher in the near future, there is a chance he could drop his professional baseball career and pursue a collegiate football career.
Well, that sounds interesting. So, what do the Los Angeles Rams have to do with any of this? Well, they’re in Los Angeles and Lee’s in Los Angeles, so to speak, so that’d be a start. Not to mention that the team needs a quarterback. This isn’t to say that he’d easily win the job, though.
Lee had his own thoughts on his potential football career:
“I wouldn’t say it’s completely left the station,” Lee told MLB.com of the prospect of him going to college to play football. “It’s a decision I’d have to make pretty soon. But I’ve got an opportunity to prove myself in the big leagues.”
There’s a lot standing in the way between Lee and a professional quarterback career, though. Namely, a tryout. And the fine people over at Eternal Ramnation (@EtrnlRamNation) started to connect the dots:
So, if Zach Lee is still thinking about football… And the Rams don’t have a QB… A tryout makes too much sense not to happen, right?
— Eternal Ramnation (@EtrnlRamNation) February 12, 2016
Lee was a recruit of LSU, and signed his Letter of Intent there, before ultimately signing with the Dodgers for a professional baseball career. With his baseball career progressing, but not quite yielding the returns he thought they would, a return to the gridiron might be in the cards for him.
We’re obviously a long way off from any of this happening, but if Lee doesn’t perform as well he would like in 2016, don’t be shocked to see him possibly think about heading on over to the NFL. And maybe that means heading over to the Rams, at least for a tryout.