Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber’s Football Career Helped Fuel Unmatched Competitive Fire

October 20, 2015 by  

CHICAGO — A 17-year-old Kyle Schwarber stood straight across from the man-child who would eventually end his football career. Schwarber, who was recruited by a slew of Division I football programs, made the fruitful decision to pursue baseball. Still, it was Schwarber’s intent to end his football career of his own accord—presumably at the Ohio state high school football championships.

That would not happen.

Schwarber, a senior middle linebacker for Middletown High School, was a gifted prep athlete. He was all-state in football and baseball. Had he grown more than six feet, Schwarber, now 22, might be a redshirt s...

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