Jai Miller is taking a new route in his athletic career. He'll be suiting up for the Alabama football team next fall. Yes, the same Alabama team that'll be competing for a national championship tonight.
Miller was a 4th round pick by the Florida Marlins in 2003 and decided to play baseball rather than attend Stanford after committing to play for the Cardinal. Miller, who is 27, reportedly will play safety for the Crimson Tide. Miller played for the Marlins, Oakland A's, Kansas City Royals, and Baltimore Orioles during his baseball career.
Miller's brother-in-law Matthew Elliott told BamaOnline that the 6-foot-2, 220-pound athlete spoke to Alabama head coach Nick Saban about the move several weeks ago and is expected to start out on the defensive side of the ball where he'll likely play safety.
"I think the desire was there on both sides to get him back into football and see what he's capable of doing," Elliott said. "If the opportunity is there for him to play professional ball, then the best situation for him would be to play for one of the best coaches in the game and that would be Coach Saban on the defensive side."
This is a situation that bears watching, just to see if Miller is able to make the transition from the diamond to the college gridiron at this particular stage in his life. Miller did have several big school offers coming out of high school, so he's not a chump just trying to play the game.
Personally, I'm rooting for him to do well. He may not make the NFL, but just to see him try his hand at football again could be entertaining.