In 2021, Davante Adams has a case as the perfect huge receiver within the NFL. In 2009, his junior yr of highschool, Adams wasn’t even the perfect wideout on his workforce.
There was a senior at Palo Alto Excessive College through the 2009 soccer season who put up higher numbers than Adams. He isn’t within the NFL now, although. He did not even play soccer after that season.
The senior’s identify? Joc Pederson. Sure, that Joc Pederson, the previous Dodgers outfielder and energy hitter in Main League Baseball who’s presently a free agent.
This is how the 2009 stats broke down for Pederson and Adams:
- Joc Pederson: 30 catches, 650 yards, 9 TDs
- Davante Adams: 25 catches, 484 yards, seven TDs
The Palo Alto Vikings went 7-2-2 that season with a pair of junior quarterbacks, T.J. Braff and Christof Bono, who received to throw to 2 future world-class athletes. The ultimate recreation of Pederson’s highschool soccer profession was a 34-6 postseason loss.
Davante Adams and Joc Pederson performed highschool soccer collectively. Throughout Joc’s senior yr he was WR1, whereas Adams was WR2.
Pederson: 30 receptions, 650 yards, 9 TDs
Adams: 25 receptions, 484 yards, 7 TDs
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When Adams got here again for his senior yr, he caught 63 passes for 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns, exhibiting off a future as a large receiver that took him first to Fresno State and ultimately to the Inexperienced Bay Packers. Palo Alto went 14-0 in Adams’ senior yr to shut his highschool days with a state championship.
“Davante received damage midway via and completed on one leg,” Palo Alto’s athletic director, Nelson Gifford, told local television station Fox 6 last January. “It was epic. It was large.”
Pederson’s soccer profession led to that 2009 fall, and he was taken by the Dodgers within the eleventh spherical of the 2010 MLB First-Yr Participant Draft. He rose via the system as a power-speed risk within the outfield, and he is displayed light-tower energy within the massive leagues, together with a career-high 36 residence runs in 2019.
Baseball success hasn’t stopped Pederson from being eager about soccer, although. In 2016, he requested the Rams for a tryout, saying that he’d examine his highschool self to Adams’ former Inexperienced Bay teammate, Jordy Nelson.
Basically, issues labored out simply superb for these two Palo Alto teammates. Pederson gained the 2020 World Collection with the Dodgers, and Adams is chasing a spot within the 2021 Tremendous Bowl. The conversations are absolutely misplaced to historical past, however perhaps as soon as upon a time, Pederson and Adams mentioned such ring-winning below the Friday night time lights of a California soccer subject.