We all like the local-kid-makes-good story, and Colts tight end Jack Doyle easily qualifies.
Doyle was barely noticed at Cathedral High School, where he played on a state championship team as a junior. He was primarily a blocker then, with few balls thrown his way, so the college recruiters didn't take much notice. Fortunately, he had a family connection that provided a scholarship to Western Kentucky.
The head coach was fired after his first season, but that proved to be another break. The new coach brought Stanford's wide open offense, which meant balls would actually be tossed in Doyle's direction now and then. He earned all-conference honors as a senior, which caught the eye of NFL scouts, but not well enough that he was drafted.
He was a popular training camp body, though. About 10 teams issued invitations, and he chose Tennessee. He played in all four preseason games with ...
Tim Stoddard's name doesn't roll off the tongue of most sports fans in the state of Indiana. He wasn't the "best" player on his high school basketball team and was a role player on his college team, but he holds a unique history in sports history.
He's the only person to play on an NCAA basketball championship team and a World Series championship team. Ever. On this planet or any other.
He was a member of the 1971 East Chicago Washington team that went undefeated and won the state championship, the last played at Hinkle Fieldhouse. He then went to North Carolina State to play basketball and baseball and wound up a member of the team that won the 1974 NCAA tournament, defeating seven-time defending champion UCLA in the semifinal game and Marquette in the finals.
Stoddard went on to play 13 Major League Baseball seasons before retiring in 1989. ...
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