Originally Posted by Zakath
Not sure if his numbers are quite good enough to get him into the Hall (2500 hits, 367 HR, 1400 RBI, .317 avg, .415 OBP).
Most people probably don't know that he was the SEC Male Athlete of the Year in 1995 and was the guy whose knee injury as the starting QB at Tennessee in 1994 led to some guy named Manning becoming the starter for the Vols.
Good call, I was actually at that game. Helton made a wise choice going with baseball. Vols' original QB that year, Jerry Colquitt, tore up his knee in the first quarter of the season. When Helton tweaked his -- and saw Manning play in his place -- the choice must have been easier.
Helton also grew up in Knoxville and played at Central High. Few things can make you feel older than watching someone's entire sports career from start to finish.