What if Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs had picked football over basketball?

Before he was the Final Four hero for Gonzaga, Jalen Suggs was a star football recruit who made big plays on the gridiron, too

If you’re any kind of sports fan, you’re probably still buzzing after watching Gonzaga’s dramatic win over UCLA in the NCAA Men’s Final Four on Saturday night.

An overtime thriller that pitted the 11th-seed underdog Bruins against the undefeated Bulldogs, fans were treated to one of the best college basketball games in history. The final moments were straight out of a storybook, with UCLA tying the game with three seconds left, only to see Gonzaga star Jalen Suggs bank a prayer of a three-pointer at the buzzer for the win.

Suggs is expected to be one of the first players selected in the 2021 NBA draft, but if things had gone a different way, he might have been destined for the NFL draft instead.

While he’s made his run to stardom on the hardwood in college, Suggs was also an electrifying quarterback recruit coming out of high school. A three-star prospect out of Minnehaha Academy in Minnesota, Suggs had football offers from powerhouse programs like Ohio State and Georgia, as well as Iowa, Michigan State, Iowa State and Minnesota.

After watching some of his high school highlights on the gridiron, it’s easy to see why some of the nation’s top college football programs hoped he would switch sports at the next level:

Suggs now has a chance to play for the national championship against Baylor on Monday night, and he’s got a bright future no matter where he lands in the NBA.

But it’s hard not to wonder what his future might have looked like if he had chosen to play football instead.

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