Bryce Harper jokes he’ll play football for Eagles if MLB doesn’t return
The MLB suffered another setback after recent negotiations with the MLBPA regarding the 2020 season schedule fell through. Fortunately, it seems Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper is optimistic about his alternative options.
During an appearance on Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson’s online show “Outside the Lane,” Harper jokingly said that he may have to consider making the transition to the NFL if baseball fails to return.
“You know what, if baseball doesn’t come back, I’ll go play for the Eagles,” Bryce Harper said.
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) June 13, 2020
Although Harper’s comments were made as a joke, this has not prevented fans from toying with the prospect of his NFL potential. After all, the Phillies’ star has long established himself as one of the MLB’s premier five-tool players, so there is no question that he is already an elite athlete. His reported 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame also makes him a good fit to play most skill positions on the field.
Harper already relinquished his childhood fandom for NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys in favor of his hometown Eagles. Of course, the question remains on which position he would have the best chance of thriving at. Although Johnson indicated that he would line up at fullback or outside linebacker, perhaps he could help fill some of the team’s notable voids in the receiving corps and secondary.
As far-fetched as the idea of Bryce Harper to the NFL may seem, there is no denying that he may have to keep his options open as the MLB continues to truncate the season after the recent turn of events.