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Aug 12, 2020 - 4:19pm

Yeah just curious - if you could pick any height and be an NBA player - it would be 6'5"? Just so you're tall but not freak tall in real life?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
  • Intern in IB - Ind
Aug 9, 2020 - 10:31pm

Catcher for the Dodgers. Was an all league player my jr and sr year of hs. Had some college offers but my knees were destroyed

 
Aug 12, 2020 - 4:35pm

Catcher seems like one of the most boring pro positions - why did you like it? Did you really analyze the batter and call throws for the pitcher?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 12, 2020 - 4:36pm

Prospect in Other:

Soccer. Will be known around the world.

The answer for all of Europe and Brazil. Soccer pros are like gods there.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 8:58am

"Pretty good living" a.k.a. just about clearing six figures after including camp fees and taxes unless you're one of the really major stars, while getting the shit kicked out of you, with crappy benefits, until you're at most mid-thirties unless you're a heavyweight.

No thanks.

 
Aug 11, 2020 - 10:50pm

Angus Macgyver:

"Pretty good living" a.k.a. just about clearing six figures after including camp fees and taxes unless you're one of the really major stars, while getting the shit kicked out of you, with crappy benefits, until you're at most mid-thirties unless you're a heavyweight.

No thanks.

Former amateur fighter here, this is the correct answer,

I trained out of a gym with guys one step below superstar status, and all of them are in their mid 30's now, retired from fighting, and working as paramedics, cops, firefighters, etc.

 
Aug 22, 2020 - 5:03pm

I think one thing about UFC fighters that many take for granted is their ability to endure excruciating pain. People think of NFL as tough, but UFC is a whole different level. You're breaking each other's bones, literally. You make a mistake in UFC, your bone is broken. This is the cost of losing. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
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Aug 9, 2020 - 11:20pm

Golf, chill life, low chance of injury and ability to play it professionally for an entire lifetime.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
 
Aug 11, 2020 - 4:16pm

Synergy_or_Syzygy:

Golf, chill life, low chance of injury and ability to play it professionally for an entire lifetime.

There is a golf pro that makes bank in my city (DJ Trahan) and he still puts out in cycling training and has some impressive rides. Pretty baller.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 12:56am

Football, nose guard/middle linebacker--this is what I played way back when. I did both, depended on what our defense was. It was so much fun, and not just making tackles and battling it out with offensive linemen. I loved that I could be versatile on the field and loved even more how my coaches saw that and allowed me to use that versatility to our advantage through the use of very flexible defensive schemes. I felt like really smart when I was playing. If I had to choose one position, it would probably be linebacker, since it was more fun to play even though I was admittedly a much better d-lineman. I can't even imagine how much fun I'd have being paid to do that.

Dayman?
 
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Aug 10, 2020 - 1:40am

The brain damage from playing a position like that was enough to make me quit. I played strong safety and after my second concussion my junior year, I had to seriously look at my future. I decided it wasn’t worth it but a part of me always clings to those memories on the field.

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Aug 10, 2020 - 11:37am

It definitely has its downsides but football is such a blast to play. I had a couple concussions, with one being like an actually kinda serious one that sidelined me for a game. I remember after that hit being like genuinely dazed and kind of confused as to what was going on. The other player got like almost knocked out too--just direct helmet to helmet stuff that happened by accident. It is scary stuff.

Dayman?
 
Aug 10, 2020 - 1:22am

Formula 1 driver and rally car driver

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
 
Aug 10, 2020 - 1:20pm

One of my biggest mistakes was waiting to get into track days.

I have a modded E92 M3 now, but wish I bought something cheap like a Miata 10 years ago just to start building the driving skill.

I want to get into racing, but the jump in expense is ridiculous so I think that's a 10 year goal now.

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw
 
Aug 11, 2020 - 1:31am

I fully intend to get a WRX STI and dump money into making it a rally car. It’s going to be awesome

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
 
Aug 12, 2020 - 4:24pm

F1 would be so sick

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 14, 2020 - 12:35am

Must say, as I have gotten older I am loving Formula 1 way more. Pops said he went to a race 30+ years ago and was amazed to see the cars not going off the road. They would be going 170 plus -- even back then -- and stop on a dime and turn.

It is amazing to see the budget of Mercedes and the other top dogs in modern day F1 racing. There have been a few movies made in the past years. Rush is a movie I highly recommend! And it is a good flick to watch with the lady friend as they love Chris Hemsworth or however the f^%k he spells it. Cheers boys.

Few players recall big pots they have won, strange as it seems, but every player can remember with remarkable accuracy the outstanding tough beats of his career.
 
Aug 22, 2020 - 5:09pm

rally car driver would be crazzzzzyyyyy

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 8:46am

There are a lot of sexy sports like F1, NBA, Football, Soccer etc. But looking at the longevity of an athlete and the injuries aspect, I would probably pick Golf or Snooker. Very large pools of money, not only in major slams, but in smaller tournaments. You can make a great living even if you are not Roger Federer or Stephen Hendry, and with a bit of thinking ahead, opening an academy and leveraging your brand can set you for life. Also, ask almost any elite athlete, whether after 10-20 years of waking up at 6am, dieting and working out twice a day whether they still love the sport.

 
Aug 12, 2020 - 4:52pm

Turkey Sandwich:

Snooker is a sport? What's next, beer pong? Lmao

I've never heard of it and I don't care to google it.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
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Aug 10, 2020 - 9:24am

NBA, Small Forward

I’m a fun guy. Obviously I love the game of basketball. I mean there’s more questions you have to ask me in order for me to tell you about myself. I'm not just gonna give you a whole spill... I mean, I don't even know where you're sitting at
 
Aug 12, 2020 - 4:49pm

CRE:

Golf. Your career could span decades.

Its a pretty reasonable career if you have the mentality and skills.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 10:11am

NBA, playmaking sharpshooter PG with HOF limitless range. Just gotta pull up and fire away. Or a tennis player, seems pretty cool to be able to travel the world with insane amenities and compete against the elite talent from different countries.

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Aug 12, 2020 - 4:53pm

paramediclamar:

NBA, playmaking sharpshooter PG with HOF limitless range. Just gotta pull up and fire away. Or a tennis player, seems pretty cool to be able to travel the world with insane amenities and compete against the elite talent from different countries.

Tennis player would be cool. I played tennis growing up and liked it until I took a $1000 set bet from a friend and lost. Fuckkkkkk.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 14, 2020 - 4:32am

A lot of really elite tennis players are pretty miserable from what I've read. Firstly, since being elite at tennis requires starting really early (4-6 years old), it's almost always parents who force it on the kid, whereas in something like football or basketball you can get into it middle school or even high school and still be elite. Secondly, the life is isolating and the season is incredibly long, so while you might get to visit cool places (though only the same few places yearly) you're on the road with just your trainer/entourage almost year round. Andre Agassi and Nick Kyrgios are two of these guys.

www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/10/nick-kyrgios-the-reluctant-rising…

 
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Aug 10, 2020 - 10:23am

Pro surfer - travel the world to the best beaches, your fans are chicks in bikinis - also its a one of the few sports (skiing, golf) where you do it outside of competition for the long haul. The vast majority of time you're just free surfing with friends vs competing. For the most part no one knows you so you have have somewhat a normal life. Also, unlike a NBA/NFL you're not a freak of a human.

 
Aug 11, 2020 - 4:12pm

Analyst 3+ in RE - Comm:

This guy gets it

Surfing or skateboarding for me... It's just one of those things where you love it so much that if you become pro, you barely even realize it

Yeah thats cool and I have competed in open/pro boarding sports (boardercross snowboarding), but for skating and surfing and snowboarding, you have to be top in the world to make any money.

or Rob Dyrdek - he is an entrepreneur and sick at skateboarding.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 9:21pm

Pro surfer would definitely be cool. I met Kelly Slater at the Jeffrey's Bay Billabong Pro event 2006. He went out and partied before he had a surf competition in the morning, but luckily his morning heat was delayed. He was with his girl Gisele Bundchen at the time.

He had a mediocre tourney that week, but it was good to meet him. My friends were headed to a bar at Jeffrey's Bay and he was playing guitar there. My hostel roommate partied all night with them and I wish I stayed out later but didn't want to appear to be 'groupy-ish'.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 11, 2020 - 4:10pm

Honestly, I just like sparring and rolling. If there was a gym that was full sparring and rolling I would just do that. I get tired of the multi combo dutch thai moves that I have to remember in pad work. It does help, but I just like competition.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 1:18pm

Formula 1 Driver.

Drive the fastest cars in the world, travel across the globe, free cars/watches/clothes, etc.

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw
 
Aug 10, 2020 - 1:47pm

Isaiah_53_5:

And any specialty or position?

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I mean... it's worth asking whether or not I'm any good? I mean being a pro mandates that anyone is excellent at their sport, but are we talking absolute top tier, Hall of Fame quality player? Or guy with a 10-15 year career, always in demand as a free agent? Or someone who's a 12th man type, who bounces around for a decade but really is filling out a roster or has a specific niche skill within the sport?

Like.... baseball players have it pretty good, in that you can make bank at any position on the field, there's a lot of longevity if you're good, no major health issues like with football, and guaranteed contracts give a lot of security. If I'm just gonna be an above-average guy, that's where I want to be.

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 2:04pm

Definitely have to decide on the boundaries.

On one hand, as a former college golfer, I'd say golf. What it depends what level. Have to factor in, you pay for all of your own expenses, if you're lucky maybe one home tournament a year, have to enjoy traveling and basically seeing airports/hotels/courses. Also factor in that one stroke or missed putt can mean a lot at the end of the tourney/day.

Maybe baseball, but would really want to do basketball. Its gaining all over the world, they don't play that physical now.

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 9:27pm

Ozymandia:

Isaiah_53_5:

And any specialty or position?

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I mean... it's worth asking whether or not I'm any good? I mean being a pro mandates that anyone is excellent at their sport, but are we talking absolute top tier, Hall of Fame quality player? Or guy with a 10-15 year career, always in demand as a free agent? Or someone who's a 12th man type, who bounces around for a decade but really is filling out a roster or has a specific niche skill within the sport?

Like.... baseball players have it pretty good, in that you can make bank at any position on the field, there's a lot of longevity if you're good, no major health issues like with football, and guaranteed contracts give a lot of security. If I'm just gonna be an above-average guy, that's where I want to be.

I think MMA pro would be cool as others stated but would pick NFL quarterback over that for the money, but snowboarding for the lifestyle (but would be no money) - so a lot of it does come down to the money.

Pro triathletes make nothing as well except top in world. UFC athletes don't make much unless they are top.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 2:11pm

Golf

1) Almost always competing in warm weather
2) Ability to take weeks off and set your own schedule
3) See the world, and play in different environments each week (all tennis courts look the same!)
4) Long career with less physical demands
5) No coach/teammate drama and politics. If you perform, you play and make $$

when you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression
 
Aug 10, 2020 - 9:30pm

yesssssssss Usaainnnnnnnnnn

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 2:17pm

Pretty easily the NBA (w/ the position being probably point guard)

  • Huge earnings potential (salary + endorsements)
  • Relatively safe sport when compared to others
  • Arguably the best pure athletes
  • Just extremely fun to play (and I'm awful so I bet it's even more fun when you're good)

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Aug 10, 2020 - 9:49pm

rezjopls:

Pretty easily the NBA (w/ the position being probably point guard)

  • Huge earnings potential (salary + endorsements)
  • Relatively safe sport when compared to others
  • Arguably the best pure athletes
  • Just extremely fun to play (and I'm awful so I bet it's even more fun when you're good)

The NBA does seem a lot of fun - and everyone likes a baller.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 2:27pm

A slightly different take, but i'd be a professional mountaineer (think Adrian Ballinger, Ed Viesturs, etc.). I spent some hiking glacier mountains and absolutely loved it; nothing beats breaking fresh snow to summit a mountain (regardless of the height too).

Outside of that, probably a pro boxer or MMA fighter. I just love training that shit; probably lean towards MMA because I like grappling sports better but either would be legit.

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 9:47pm

BrohanSantana:

Outside of that, probably a pro boxer or MMA fighter. I just love training that shit; probably lean towards MMA because I like grappling sports better but either would be legit.

yeah MMA training for 20hrs per week is intense

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 5:13pm

depends how good I'd be at the sport, if I was one of the best then I'd go boxing. You take home so much money as its a one man show and the purses can get huge. Mayweather literally made $280 mil from the McGregor fight. However, it's not really a sustainable sport due to CTE and all that.

If i was a middle of the pack career player I'd probably go MLB or NBA - guaranteed contracts and relatively lower injuries (at least vs the NFL).

 
Aug 10, 2020 - 11:14pm

I’d be a top kicker in the NFL...make a few million per year and do it into your early 40s. Low risk of injury, but just don’t miss that Super Bowl winner.

From a pure fun perspective I’d say ski racer or F1/rally cars.

 
Aug 11, 2020 - 1:32am

TechBanking:

I’d be a top kicker in the NFL...make a few million per year and do it into your early 40s. Low risk of injury, but just don’t miss that Super Bowl winner.

I think this is one of the most psychologically fucked up positions in sports. Re: dealing with pressure.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 12, 2020 - 4:39pm

Isaiah_53_5:

TechBanking:

I’d be a top kicker in the NFL...make a few million per year and do it into your early 40s. Low risk of injury, but just don’t miss that Super Bowl winner.

I think this is one of the most psychologically fucked up positions in sports. Re: dealing with pressure.

Completely true, and kickers are odd people to begin with, but if you isolate that, it could be cool.

 
Aug 19, 2020 - 12:05pm

This is my exact answer, I'd go punter though instead of kicker. Min salary for a punter is 500k and the average is like $2M. You can do it for 20 years, low risk of injury, get to hang out and workout with all the guys. Game is never on the line as a punter. Could retire at 40 with a ~20M net worth and have the NFL pension fund and could tell a bunch of great stories.

Otherwise, F1 would be awesome.

 
Aug 11, 2020 - 4:30am

Riding the bench as a substitute at Real Madrid, making 100k/week, coming on in the 80th minute for a 10 minute cameo now and again. Post match, hitting the clubs of Madrid as a God and swimming in a sea of Latina women :-)

 
Aug 11, 2020 - 4:05pm

EatClenTrenHard:

Place kicker in the NFL. 95% of the time low stress environment. Not sure if it has been stated above.

It has and I stated my reservations. Seems like one of the most psychologically fucked up positions in sports to me. All that fucking pressure all on you.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 11, 2020 - 3:49pm

Golf. What a life - that or backup quarterback/lefty set up man in baseball would be sweet gigs. I think the most difficult positions in sports are cornerbacks and hockey goalie.

Few players recall big pots they have won, strange as it seems, but every player can remember with remarkable accuracy the outstanding tough beats of his career.
 
Aug 11, 2020 - 4:06pm

WillHunting:

Golf. What a life - that or backup quarterback/lefty set up man in baseball would be sweet gigs. I think the most difficult positions in sports are cornerbacks and hockey goalie.

Hockey goalie just seems like dead reflexes - doesn't it?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 11, 2020 - 10:36pm

Formula 1 driver. I used to race karts in high school, and once I make enough money in banking, I plan on returning to the world of motorsports.

Next would be tennis, baseball, or rugby.

"Work ethic, work ethic" - Vince Vaughn

 
Aug 12, 2020 - 12:35pm

Center fielder for the NY Mets and they could use one. I played CF for 15 years and I know that playing shallow is not for everyone. Well, after watching several misjudged balls go over their outfielders heads, management has finally acknowledged they might be playing too shallow.

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Aug 12, 2020 - 4:57pm

My friend's cousin has experience in left field for the Yankees - I've only heard good things.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 12, 2020 - 5:39pm

Professional skier for sure. Start as a freestyle skier and transition to big mountain as you get older. Nothing sounds better than travelling the world skiing for free and hanging out with all your friends. Skiing has always been my escape, I can't even imagine the bliss my life would experience if I was able to have 200+ days on snow a year and be paid for it.

"My name's Ralph Cox, and I'm from where ever's not gonna get me hit"
 
Aug 13, 2020 - 7:05pm

FeedMeDealFlow:

Professional skier for sure. Start as a freestyle skier and transition to big mountain as you get older. Nothing sounds better than travelling the world skiing for free and hanging out with all your friends. Skiing has always been my escape, I can't even imagine the bliss my life would experience if I was able to have 200+ days on snow a year and be paid for it.

sounds fun - 200 days is a lot

I raced in the same event (boardercross nationals) with the US Ski team in 2018 at Copper Mountain, CO. I was snowboarding, but we used the same course.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 12, 2020 - 7:37pm

Basketball, less physical than Football. I’d retire the game with my brain cells.

"Full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes." -U.S. Navy General Farragut
 
Aug 13, 2020 - 7:10pm

BBCinIB:

Basketball, less physical than Football. I’d retire the game with my brain cells.

Yeah, and as Mark Cuban says - NFL just means "Not For Long"

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Aug 12, 2020 - 10:11pm

MLB Closer

I love the "If you fail, we lose" kind of situations. Either you'd be the hero or the scapegoat.

Plus who doesn't want to pitch in the biggest stage, with the biggest stakes at the biggest league ?
My walk-up song would be Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden.

 
Aug 13, 2020 - 5:28pm
  1. Baseball, played in college, make good money and can play for a while.
  2. Golf, all the good reasons mentioned but would have to be a top guy for a while, those borderline Tour guys have to slum it some if they're not making cuts.
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