For most of his life, Bengals’ WR Tee Higgins dreamed of playing college basketball and making it to the NBA prior to an obvious career path change that led him to a Super Bowl.
Coaches and teammates say it’s certainly possible Higgins could have played both sports beyond high school if he wanted, but ultimately decided to pursue a football career and signing his commitment letter to Dabo Swinney & the Clemson Tigers.
Higgins had his number retired from his school plus a couple offers from Power 5 basketball programs. The star athlete was the runner-up to Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball in 2016 as well. Crazy.
Higgins vision was set on an scholarship to play college prior to a meeting with the high school football coach where his life changed forever.
The Oak Ridge football HC sat him down and explained to him the odds of making a 15-player NBA roster compared to odds of making a 53-man NFL roster and how much easier it could be to set his life up … and it made enough sense, obviously!
After Higgins took his advice, he was the superstar at Oak Ridge after becoming a two-time Tennessee Class 5A Mr. Football Champ.
He then became one of the nation’s premier college receivers at Clemson,and was part of the 2018 national championship team.
Now, Higgins sits atop the list of one of the best young receivers across the entire NFL.