15 Star Athletes Who Had to Walk On to Their College Teams

These pro athletes are stars now, but they had to work their way to the top.

David Eckstein

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David Eckstein

David Eckstein was all about hustle and grit.

Just what you'd expect from a former walk-on.

Although he was a two-time all-state selection in high school, Eckstein had to walk on to the baseball team at the University of Florida.

He went on to become a two-time first-team All-SEC selection.

Eckstein was drafted in the 19th round of the 1997 amateur draft.

He was a two-time World Series champion during his professional career, winning with both the Anaheim Angels and the St. Louis Cardinals.

He was also a two-time All-Star and the 2006 World Series MVP.

Like many walk-ons, Eckstein was undersized and often overlooked, but that didn't stop him from achieving greatness.

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