Notre Dame football player to pursue baseball career

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Though Torii Hunter Jr. took a different athletic path through college than his father did, playing on the Notre Dame football team, it appears he'll follow in the footsteps of his famous dad when it comes to a professional career.

According to ESPN.com, Hunter will forgo a fifth season at Notre Dame in order to pursue his professional baseball career.

Hunter was selected by the Los Angels Angels (a team for which his dad played for five seasons) in the 23rd round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

In a farewell post on Twitter, Hunter thanked Notre Dame teammates, coaches and fans for a great four years:

Hunter served as a captain for the Fighting Irish football team this year. He's also played for the school's baseball team, mostly as a defensive replacement in the outfield, the past two seasons.

In 2016, Hunter caught 38 passes for 521 yards and three touchdowns despite missing three games for the Irish, who finished the year with a disappointing 4-8 record. For his career, Hunter snagged 73 passes for 949 yards and six scores.

As he pursues his professional baseball career, he'll have a long way to go to have a career anything like his dad's. The elder Hunter recorded 2,452 hits, 498 doubles, 353 home runs and 1,391 RBI in his outstanding 19-year career.

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