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Ray Anderson: Why It Was Worth It To Play Two Sports In College

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Ray Anderson (@SunDevilRay23) is Arizona State University’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director. His prior position (2006-2013) was Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the National Football League. He received both the 2015 Paul J. Tagliabue Award and the John Wooten Lifetime Achievement Award, two of the NFL’s most prestigious honors. His earlier career included practices in law and as a sports agent, capitalizing on his juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School and his experience lettering in baseball and football at Stanford University, where he earned a political science degree.

In this video, Anderson recalls his time as a two-sport athlete at Stanford University. Though that commitment entailed sacrifice, especially of social activities that his classmates and teammates were enjoying, Anderson values the experience highly. For one reason, he simply wanted to continue the multi-sport path he'd taken as a youth athlete. For another, he enjoyed the camaraderie in both baseball and football. The relationships he forged by continuing to pursue both sports have lasted a lifetime, and the discipline his collegiate athletic commitment required has continued to serve him well.