Two weeks ago former Baylor basketball player Mark Vital announced his plans 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.
And now, he’s joining a championship program on the football field as Vital has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Vital first worked out for the Chiefs last week and has joined the team after playing football sparingly since middle school.
At Baylor, Vital was named the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Year and was one of four finalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year last season. After going undrafted, he was signed to the Portland Trailblazers’ summer league team, but then switched to football, where he was signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice earlier this month. However he was cut shortly thereafter.
Vital is clearly a project for the Chiefs, who have four tight ends on the active roster in Travis Kelce, Blake Bell, Noah Gray and Jody Fortson. But he has the size at 6’5”, 250 pounds, along with the athleticism.
And if there’s a model of former basketball players who succeeded as tight ends with the Kansas City Chiefs, does the name Tony Gonzalez ring a bell!?