Baseball, football, Magee says he just wants to improve
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Not the typical transaction path: cut from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, join the Boston Rex Sox at minor league camp.
But linebacker and would-be outfielder Brandon Magee is a confident enough athlete that he's sought two-sport advice from Bo Jackson.
''Just told me to stay humble and try to keep working hard and outwork everybody out here,'' Magee said, adding that the former superstar running back and outfielder told him he needs to get more flexible.
The 24-year-old participated in Red Sox camp last year but did not play in any games and has yet to play a spring training game this year. He was cut from the Bucs last week, then reported to the Red Sox a day later. He had seven tackles in nine games last year.
Magee said he's curious to see what he can do if he focuses fully on baseball. He's at Red Sox camp to try to be successful and make the most of the opportunity, he said.
''I'm not scared of anything,'' Magee said. ''I'm ready to go right now. ... I'm going to keep grinding at it. I'm going to succeed.''
He played three seasons with Arizona State and was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2012 draft by Boston. He hit .103 over 27 games across three seasons with the Sun Devils.
He says he's not sure whether he'll play baseball or football this year.
''As of right now I don't even know what I'm going to do next week,'' he said. ''I'm just taking it day by day and see where it goes.''
Magee's agent Blake Baratz told profootballtalk.com (http://bit.ly/1HYnb5h ) that despite being at Red Sox camp, Magee is committed to playing in the NFL and ready to sign with a team as soon as possible.