Mark Vital intends to pursue a career in pro football now that his chances with the NBA seem to have dried up, he announced social media on Monday.
Vital, the former Baylor Bears guard who became the program’s all-time winningest player last season, also helped the Bears to a national championship last April.
He posted a video to his Twitter feed detailing his transition from playing basketball to playing football. The latter half of the video showed the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Vital catching passes.
Shortly after the video, he made it clear his intentions were fixed on the NFL.
Vital went undrafted last July but earned a spot on the Portland Trail Blazers’ Summer League roster, allowing him to play alongside Big 12 rival Greg Brown of Texas.
Vital wouldn’t be the first basketball player to make the transition to pro football. His height, build and toughness would seem tailor-made for the position it would appear he intends to audition for, likely tight end.
He also isn’t the only recent Big 12 player to take a shot at the NFL. Former Iowa State forward Michael Jacobsen signed a training camp deal with the Seattle Seahawks in August.
NFL teams are making their final roster cuts on Tuesday.
Vital was part of Baylor’s program for five seasons and was considered one of the county’s best defenders and rebounding guards throughout his career. Along with being a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award in 2020, a three-time All-Big 12 honoree and a two-time All-Big 12 Defensive Team selection, he was named to Seth Davis’ 21st-annual All-Glue Team in 2020.
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