11 Star Athletes Who Expected to Go Pro in a Different Sport

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The romanticized view of pro athletes is that they've dreamt about doing whatever they do for a long, long time.

That's how it works, right?

A kid picks up a basketball while he's still in diapers, instantly falls in love with the game, works super hard and eventually realizes his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.

Although that's the case for many athletes, some of the best players in the world actually envisioned themselves going pro in a totally different sport.

They might've grown up enamored with one sport, only to find out later on that their size and skills translate better to a different sport.

It's also a valuable lesson for any sports parents who are bent on making their child a single-sport star—in the long run, that sport may not be the best fit for your child.

With that in mind, here are 11 elite pro athletes who grew up dreaming of going pro in a different sport.

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