Urban Meyer the football coach almost never happened. Long before he had his sights set on running a football team, Meyer was a promising two-sport athlete who was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves.
Meyer was taken in the 13th round of the 1982 MLB draft, and he was designated to the minors. Apparently, he pursued a professional baseball career while simultaneously attending University of Cincinnati and playing defensive back.
A baseball career never materialized, though. Meyer only played in 44 games over two seasons, hitting .182 with one home run and 11 RBI. He was waived after two seasons -- officially by a guy named Hank Aaron, it turns out -- and quit baseball due to various injuries.
Here's a snapshot of Meyer's entry in the Braves organizational record book, via Baseball America:
Meyer's selection places him between two well-known greats. Just nine rounds earlier, the Braves used their fourth-round pick to draft a high schooler named Randy Johnson. Johnson, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this week, turned down the Braves to play baseball and basketball and USC. (He was drafted again in 1985 by the Expos.)
Meanwhile, the Braves picked Meyer two rounds ahead of a guy named Jose Canseco, who was taken by the Oakland Athletics with the last pick of the 15th round.
Pretty esteemed company. Of course, Meyer ended up as successful as anyone -- just in a different career. Safe to say things worked out OK for the ball coach.