Shaq Thompson: Jokes About Brief Red Sox Career Serve As Motivation

INDIANAPOLIS — Shaq Thompson was not a good minor league baseball player. Fortunately for him, he’s very good at football.

The Washington linebacker was drafted in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox. He went 0 for 39 with 37 strikeouts in 47 plate appearances with the GCL Red Sox before hanging up his baseball spikes and trading them in for purple football cleats.

“I remember a lot,” Thompson said Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine about his time with the Red Sox. “It didn’t go as I wanted. I had a couple media people make a joke out of it, but it was motivation to me. I really wasn’t tripping off of it. Hey, that’s what the media does — well, some people. I felt like I used it as motivation going into my freshman year, and that’s what I did. I met some great people there. I met this thing called failure, learned how to overcome it and move on.”

Thompson walked eight times in the minor leagues, stole one base and drove one batter in. Then he went on to play three football seasons with the Washington Huskies before declaring early for the NFL draft.

Now Thompson projects as a first-round pick at either linebacker or safety.

Thumbnail photo via Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports Images

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