Kyle Schwarber is currently writing an incredible chapter in World Series lore. After missing nearly all of the regular season with a torn ACL and a torn LCL in his left knee, the 23-year-old Chicago Cubs outfielder has returned to the field to go 3-for-7 with two RBIs in the first two games of a historic Fall Classic.
Once upon a time, though, his fall classics included Friday night football games at Middletown (Ohio) High School. That included, as the above photograph indicates, chasing elusive quarterbacks like Braxton Miller of Hubert Heights’ Wayne High School.
Before going on to play baseball at Indiana University and then quickly climbing the professional ladder to play for the Cubs, Schwarber was an all-state middle linebacker.
Here’s the video proof.
At Middletown, the Cubs’ latest cult hero played alongside the likes of Ohio State alum and current New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall.
It was one of Marshall’s Ohio State teammates, the current Houston Texans rookie wide receiver Miller, who made Schwarber miss in the star-packed photo. Miller, of course, was a five-star recruit as a quarterback at Wayne before going on to play QB – then WR – for Ohio State. He is currently battling a hamstring injury and has five catches for 34 yards for Houston.
Who knows how Schwarber’s football career could have gone had he stayed on the gridiron path? His recovery from a serious knee injury to step right into the World Series spotlight says a great deal about his determination that would have served him well on a college football field.
That didn’t keep Miller from poking fun at an old opponent with his own post of the same photo.
Based on one single snapshot (a tip o’ the cap to Miller and Cincinnati-based reporter Jeff Wallner for putting the photo out there), both indeed made some wise career decisions.