Rodney Peete, former USC quarterback selected by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the National Football League draft, was re-drafted by baseball's Oakland Athletics Monday and said he will seriously consider a professional baseball career.
"I'm very excited," Peete said. "To be re-drafted by a great organization like Oakland's will make my decision that much tougher. I came very close to signing (with the A's) last time."
The A's selected Peete in the 14th round of the June draft in 1988, after he hit .338 and was an all-Pacific 10 infielder as a junior. Peete elected to return for his senior football season at USC but did not play baseball this spring, choosing to hone his football skills in preparation for his first NFL training camp. Monday, he was re-selected by the A's in the 13th round.
"People thought that when I didn't play baseball this year, I was ruling it out completely," he said. "But that wasn't the case. I wanted to make football work and still do. I'm still leaning toward football.