Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ambidextrous athletes who throw a baseball with one arm and a football with the other

Brandon Tillmon: Left for football, right for baseball

Brandon Tillmon at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina. Tillmon is a right-handed pitcher on the baseball team and the starting quarterback who throws the football with his left arm.

That’s correct – Tillmon is a left-handed quarterback and a right-handed baseball player. Athletes at the highest level have a hard time achieving such a feat, but it’s something Tillmon has done since he was 7 years old.

“It was just something I taught myself,” Tillmon said. “I wanted to be a catcher, and my dad told me I couldn’t do that if I was left-handed. From that day, I just picked up a baseball and started to throw it right-handed. I did it so much, it became natural.”

Dual threat: Bushland's Mathis throws football with right hand, pitches with left hand

That is Bushland quarterback Kameron Mathis cocking his right arm to throw a football. And that's also Bushland pitcher Kameron Mathis loading up to throw a baseball with his left hand.

Confused yet?

Mathis is blessed with a unique ability. The three-sport senior is comfortable as a righty when it comes to handwriting, brushing his teeth and throwing a football. But when it comes to shooting a basketball or throwing a baseball, it’s a different story.

"I don't even remember how old I was when I figured it out," said Mathis, who threw for 2,250 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior for the Falcons last season. "My mom told me I could throw with both hands and they didn’t know which one I was going to be better at. My dad gave me a left-handed glove and I picked it up and now it’s just natural. I freak people out because they’re always like ‘Who’s that pitching or playing quarterback, I thought he was left-handed or I thought he was right-handed."


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