Next up at bat for the Yankees, Daunte Culpepper?

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Daunte Culpepper
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Daunte Culpepper /

Before his career with the Minnesota Vikings, quarterback Daunte Culpepper was actually selected by the New York Yankees in the 1995 MLB Draft.

After high school, Daunte Culpepper chose a path that ultimately resulted in him getting selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. However, Culpepper could have followed a much different path, as he was also selected by the New York Yankees in the 1995 MLB Draft.

The former Vikings quarterback was drafted out of high school in the 26th round by the Yankees in 1995 with the 730th overall selection.

Some might not think much of it since Culpepper was taken so late in the 1995 draft. But there have been plenty of late-round MLB draft picks to go on and have a very successful careers in the league, including John Smoltz, Mike Piazza, Mark Buehrle, Keith Hernandez, and Andy Pettitte.

Daunte Culpepper not the only former member of the Minnesota Vikings to be selected in the MLB Draft

Including Culpepper, there have been a number of current and former NFL players that were also drafted by an MLB team in their lifetime.

Mewelde Moore is another former Vikings player that could have chosen baseball as his career path, as the former Minnesota running back was selected in the fourth round of the 2000 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres.

Looking back on Moore’s career in the NFL, he spent nine years in the league and won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008. But he only started in 15 of the 122 games he played in during his time in the NFL.

Judging by where he was drafted, it seems as though he had more potential in the MLB than someone like Culpepper. Would Moore have achieved a greater amount of success as a pro baseball player than what he was able to accomplish in the NFL?

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