Every kid who grows up playing sports knows about the weeding-out process. When you first start playing as a elementary school kid, normally, everyone makes it. Everyone plays. By middle school, the cats without much athletic ability stop playing. They get cut or they quit or they lose interest or they just straight give up and don’t feel like dealing with it anymore. Then a few years later, it happens again. Of the kids you grew up playing in the backyard with, only the best of them play jayvee sports in high school, and perhaps only the handful of the very best move on to varsity.
Once there, that’s normally where it ends even for some of the talented ones, the standouts. Only the truly special move on to college and from there, only the top one or two percent of those ever play for money.
It’s almost exhausting to think about, and isn’t at all what you think about as a kid, when it seems like your entire world revolves around one classroom, one street, one field. When you’re 13 years old, everyone is going pro. Everyone is that good. Eventually, the world gives you a reminder that life just isn’t fair.
That’s why seeing a two-sport athlete who is head and shoulders above the rest in both sports is so incredible. In this day and age, when kids are playing the same thing year-round, it’s almost unheard of.
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