John Wall sat down with our own Chris Miller and talked about his favorite hobby: bowling. Wall mentioned that if he tried, he could easily turn professional and join the PBA (as of now he'd be No. 435 on the tour, but give him time).
Excluding Wall, what other athletes in the city could star in another sport?
Redskins CB Josh Norman
The Redskins star cornerback is obsessed with soccer and when he isn't on the gridiron, he's on the pitch. Last year, he visited French giant Paris Saint-Germain to meet then-striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and hang out with the club. He even participated in a training session with PSG.
The 6-foot, 190-pound corner has quick feet and the ability to recover if his man gets by him. Norman would bring his defensive prowess onto the pitch and make a solid fullback immediately. Instead of locking down Odell Beckham Jr. twice a season, I could see him locking down Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo twice a season.
Nationals OF Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper runs around like a crazy person in the outfield and on the base paths. He's also one of the more jacked athletes right now. Just google "Bryce Harper jacked," I'll wait.
Now imagine that guy as an outside linebacker coming off the edge in the Redskins 3-4 defense going after Eli Manning. Okay, he'd probably prefer to take Manning down for the Cowboys, but I don't want to ruin this for you.
Bryce could bring his impressive height-weight-speed-crazy combo and be an elite pass-rusher in the NFL immediately, I have no doubt about it. I just hope it wouldn't be for Dallas.
Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor
Redskins fans are just getting to know Terrelle Pryor, so you may not remember his high school career athletic career, but believe me... it was impressive. He was the No. 1 football recruit and the No. 39 basketball recruit when he came out of Jeannete High School (Pa.) in 2008. Basically, this is cheating since he was so impressive in both, but it would be impossible to leave him off.
Pryor was one spot ahead of former Maryland guard Sean Mosley and also ahead of the following NBA Players in ESPN's Top 100: Jeff Withey (No. 43), Miles Plumee (No. 47), Klay Thompson (No. 53) and Reggie Jackson (No. 94).
With that type of pedigree, it should be easy to imagine him on the perimeter for a NBA franchise.
D.C. United/USMNT D Steve Birnbaum
This one may be a little off the beaten path for most, but he's one of the up-and-coming defenders for the U.S. men's national team and should be seeing more action this summer for the red, white and blue. He's a 6-2 defender who has the responsibility of shutting down opposing offensive players and then out-jumping them on corner kicks on both ends and beat his man to the ball. With his combination of athleticism and defensive prowess in the air, that sounds like a prototypical safety to me.
His size would also be an asset as a safety in the NFL. He would have to adjust from slide tackles to wrapping and tackling, but he's built solid and already has solid defensive instincts and aerial ability.
Redskins DL A.J. Francis
This guy was born to be a professional wrestler. I mean, yeah, Francis was also born to play football, but whenever he hangs up his cleats he's going to pick up a singlet and a microphone.
He has the athleticism/charisma combo Vince McMahon would drool over. He already has the added benefit of having a familiar tag-team partner in his former Maryland teammate, Mojo Rawley. Well, if he isn't too busy getting Rob Gronkowski to work with him at Wrestlemania.
Just imagine A.J. Francis at the Showcase of the Immortals holding a championship belt or... just having his face painted like another wrestler. You're welcome.
Who else in the D.C. sports landscape would be a star in another sport?