Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 4/15/13
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Drew Henson entered the University of Michigan as a highly touted quarterback. While at Michigan, Henson played as a part of a two-quarterback system with some guy named Tom Brady (I’m not sure if he made it as a football player, but I guess you can find out if you want). After Brady graduated, Henson became the starting quarterback for Michigan and led the Wolverines to a third straight bowl victory. While playing college football for Michigan, Henson was also a part of the New York Yankees minor league system as a third base prospect. Henson developed very slowly as a baseball player and was more or less put through hell by being a member of the Columbus Clippers when in AAA. Yes, the Columbus Clippers are in Columbus, Ohio, the city that is also home to Ohio State University the archrival of Michigan, where Henson played college football. Henson got called up for a few games at the end of the 2002 season and got 1 at-bat. He struck out. Yankees GM Brian Cashman thought so little of him that when the Yankees were in desperate need of a third baseman in 2003; he traded for Aaron Boone instead of calling up Henson. Henson got called up again at the end of the 2003 season. He only got 8 at-bats as a September call up and was good for 1 hit. Then Drew Henson retired from baseball following a 1-9 (or .111 batting average) career at the plate. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Chris Gardner After his baseball career ended unceremoniously, Henson decided he would try football again. The Houston Texans in the 6th round of the 2003 draft had drafted Henson, but in 2004 when Henson decided to try football, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys. It took a while, but Drew Henson finally got his chance to start as quarterback of the Cowboys. It was Thanksgiving. Nothing like making your first career start for one of the most famous NFL franchises on Thanksgiving when just about everyone is watching that game. Henson only played the first half and then Bill Parcells put in 41 year-old Vinny Testaverde because Henson had performed so poorly. In 2005, Henson didn’t do very well so he was sent to the (now defunct) NFL Europe to work on his skills. Henson bounced around signing with the Vikings, then being cut during the season. Then signing with the Vikings again before the end of the season only to be cut during training camp. Henson finally made it back to Michigan, signing with the Lions in 2008. Henson ended his career the same way he started his NFL career, playing on Thanksgiving Day when he relieved Daunte Culpepper. Henson went 1-2 and fumbled the ball. So maybe Henson never lived up to his potential as either a football or baseball player. But I feel pretty confident in saying that nobody else in the history of sports can say they played for two of the most famous North American sports franchises, the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys. -Goldberg

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