Dodgers Centerfielder Joc Pederson Wants to Play in the NFL, and He Has the Skills to Do It

Joc Pederson has the physical attributes and the skills needed to be a receiver in the NFL.

Many professional athletes played multiple sports in high school, but when they get to the big time, they could not continue to play other sports they used to love. This is the case for Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Joc Pederson and his love for football.

The one-time All-Star recently tweeted how he misses the game of football and asked the Los Angeles Rams for a tryout. In the tweet, Pederson mentions how it could be similar to the Tim Tebow tryout that got the Heisman Trophy Winner into baseball.

The Rams replied with a highlight of Pederson catching a would-be home run, showing that they are obviously interested.

At 6-foot-1, 220-pounds, Pederson could do well as a receiver in the NFL, but how good are his skills? During his high school days at Palo Alto High School, Pederson, now 24, was a beast at receiver.

According to, during his junior and senior seasons, Pederson had 74 receptions 1,395 yards and 14 touchdowns in just 21 games played. You can see some of his game action in the video below. He was teammates with current Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams.

Pederson was recently invited to a Rams practice, but obviously not to try out. He caught a few passes from starting quarterback Jared Goff and showed off his catching ability with the JUGS machine. It made us think that if Pederson didn't choose baseball, he would be scoring touchdowns instead of hitting home runs.




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