Former Penn State and NFL quarterback Christian Hackenberg is pursuing a career in a new sport.
Hackenberg, who has struggled to sticks with a team in the NFL, is now looking at taking a path to a career in professional baseball. He’s working on becoming a pitcher, and was caught firing at 90 mph during a workout session.
The former quarterback says his passion is to compete, regardless of sport.
That is former Penn State quarterback @chackenberg1 who is aiming for a pro career in baseball and throwing better than 90 mph. His story tonight @NBCPhiladelphia at 6 and 11. pic.twitter.com/Pt9ENO7RY4
— rob kuestner (@rkuestnernbc10) June 13, 2020
“I just want to compete,” Hackenberg told NBC Philadelphia. “I’ve kinda had my trials and tribulations with the NFL and had success and had that rollercoaster ride. At the end of the day I’m sitting here at 25 and for me, like I said, I think I have a lot left in the tank.”
Hackenberg played at Penn State from 2013-15. In three seasons with the Nittany Lions, he threw for 8,457 yards and 48 touchdowns while completing 56.1 percent of his passes.
Following his three years at Penn State, Hackenberg was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. There wasn’t much success in the NFL, though, as Hackenberg didn’t appear in any regular season games while in New York.
Hackenberg would later sign deals with the Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals as a member of the offseason squad.