Former Alabama Standout Chooses Baseball

It’s not that Justin Woodall ever chose baseball as much as the sport couldn’t give him up. A two-year starter as a safety for Alabama’s football team, Woodall exited the BCS national title game headed for the NFL combine and what he thought was a future on the gridiron. But when football’s draft passed in April and a mini-camp tryout with the Chicago Bears proved fruitless, Woodall finally did what seemed destined all along he picked up a baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays, who scouted Woodall recently along the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets, among others, thought enough of Woodall to select him in the 26th round of this month’s major league draft. “I’ve been playing baseball all my life,” Woodall said. “I don’t think it will be too hard. Getting my arm back in shape will probably be the only problem.”

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