March Madness got underway today and it seems like the Indianapolis Colts may have gotten too swept up in all the action.
That's because the Colts today decided to sign former Ole Miss and Georgia Tech star DeMarco Cox to a contract. Only Cox didn't play out on the gridiron, no he played on the hardwood as a basketball player for the Rebels and Yellow Jackets.
That's right, the Colts have signed a basketball player to come in and play tackle. In fact, just last week Cox was participating in the ACC Tournament for Georgia Tech, who missed out on making it into March Madness.
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Several players have played basketball in college and then transitioned to the National Football League. Julius Thomas, Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates are all notable former college basketball players.
But those three also played football during their time at university. What makes Cox such a risk is that he hasn't so much as set foot on a football field since his senior year of high school.
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It is very easy to see why the Colts were interested by Cox however. He stands at 6ft-8in and 294 pounds which is huge even for an an offensive tackle at the NFL level, which is where Cox will play. As a high school football star, Cox turned down offers from Alabama, LSU and Ohio State to play on their football teams, all of which are perennial Top-10 teams, in order to play basketball.
Cox began his college career at the University of Mississippi, where he played basketball for four years. He was granted a medical redshirt in his junior season, allowing him to eventually transfer to Georgia Tech for his final season of eligibility
Playing as a fifth-year gradate student, Cox started all but one game for the Yellow Jackets and averaged a very decent 8.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, but never enough to see him make it in the NBA.
Cox actually has some basketball company with him on the Colts roster. Offensive guard Joe Reitz played just basketball in college at Western Michigan, before heading back to football, where he was an All-State caliber player in high school.
It will be interesting to see if Cox becomes a success in the NFL. He certainly has an excellent back story.
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