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Jeff Driskel signs with the Red Sox, but will play for Gators

Jeff Driskel, Kyle Koehne AP

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel isn’t the first college football player to sign with a Major League Baseball organization, but he is the latest.

Alex Speier of WEEI first reported Wednesday evening that Driskel has signed with the Boston Red Sox, who drafted him in the 29th round last month. Signing the junior was a bit of a surprising move as Driskel hasn’t played competitive baseball since high school, but the organization did secure his rights should there come a point if Driskel chooses baseball over football.

But it doesn’t look like Driskel will. In a statement Thursday, the Gators quarterback insisted he would sick with football.

“I plan on focusing on football and finishing my college career with the Gators,” Driskel said. “After my college football career is over I want to pursue a professional career in the NFL. If I ever decide I want to play baseball, I want to play with the Boston Red Sox who drafted me in the recent draft.”

NCAA rules allow athletes to sign MLB contracts while remaining eligible in football so long as the athlete doesn’t sign an endorsement deal. Theoretically, Driskel could play for the Red Sox and return to the football field for Florida this fall. It just doesn’t sound like that’s going to be the case.

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12 Responses to “Jeff Driskel signs with the Red Sox, but will play for Gators”
  1. gamecockercockloverlilboyz says: Jul 4, 2013 9:49 PM

    Got news for you, drew. You arent going to be in the nfl foe long.

  2. noaxetogrind says: Jul 4, 2013 10:24 PM

    Who is drew?

  3. BurkieInBoston says: Jul 4, 2013 10:38 PM

    Who the fuck is Drew?

  4. normtide says: Jul 4, 2013 10:40 PM

    Looks like there isn’t any user name restrictions on wordpress/cft.

  5. sportsguy88 says: Jul 4, 2013 10:50 PM

    Oh, he’s going to sick with football.

  6. bender4700 says: Jul 5, 2013 1:05 AM

    Yeah Normtide, those bastards that invented free speech.

  7. 35longmiles says: Jul 5, 2013 6:28 AM



    Really CFT? You gonna let that handle fly? I guess your making an exception based on his brilliant commentary.

  8. thegamecocker says: Jul 5, 2013 8:50 AM


    To be clear, I’m NOT THE ONE posting under that moniker or Sanuskyshowerboy or some wack job named Paul Harnish. I too would appreciate CFT removing that username from posting. It is terribly offensive and I for one feel scandalized by it. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

    The Gamecocker

  9. dawgs105 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:24 AM

    He might want to try playing baseball. Because if the way he has played the last couple of years at Florida is any indication he won’t even make it into the NFL.

  10. crazycane says: Jul 5, 2013 3:13 PM

    This is GREAT news for Miami when they play UiF September 7th

  11. watchfullhose says: Jul 5, 2013 9:24 PM

    Meh…of course he can play Qb for Fla. They’re completely irrelevant.

  12. clemsonstillsucks says: Jul 7, 2013 4:18 AM

    Apparently the kid who tried to smoke “Howard’s Rock” a somehow has internet access in jail….

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