While there are many Little League graduates that have gone on to a prolific career in baseball and softball, many alumni have also gone on to become professional athletes in other areas of expertise. Below is a list of some of the notable professionals in the sports industry.

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Other Sport Athletes

  • Auto Racing

    Kurt Busch
    NASCAR Driver/Sprint Cup Series Champion

    Austin Dillon
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Racer
    Southwest Forsyth County (N.C.) Little League

    Steve LaTarte
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crew Chief

    Kyle Petty
    Former NASCAR Driver
    Southern Little League (Randleman, N.C.)

  • Basketball

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Former All-Time Leading Scorer in NBA History/NCAA Basketball Champion
    Inwood (N.Y.) Little League

    Becky Hammon

    Las Vegas Aces Head Coach (WNBA)
    Canyon Lake Little League (Rapid City, S.D.)

    Gordon Hayward

    NBA All-Star Player
    Brownsburg (Ind.) Little League

    Kevin Love

    NBA All-Star Player
    Lake Oswego (Ore.) Little League

    Tracy McGrady

    Hall of Fame NBA Player
    Auburndale (Fla.) Little League

    Donovan Mitchell

    2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion
    Elmsford (N.Y.) Little League

    Adam Silver

    NBA Commissioner
    Rye (N.Y.) Little League

    Brad Stevens

    NBA Head Coach
    Zionsville (Ind.) LL

    Breanna Stewart

    WNBA All-Star Player
    Liverpool (N.Y.) Girls Softball Little League

    Klay Thompson

    NBA All-Star Player
    Lake Oswego (Ore.) Little League

    Karl-Anthony Towns

    NBA All-Star Player
    Piscataway (N.J.) Little League

    Rudy Tomjanovich

    NBA All-Star Player/NBA Coach
    Hamtramck (Mich.) Little League

  • Extreme Sports

    Tony Hawk
    Professional Skateboarder

    Caroline Marks
    Professional Surfer

  • Football

    Troy Aikman
    NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback/Sports Broadcaster

    Drew Bledsoe
    Former NFL Player

    Tom Brady
    Super Bowl MVP Quarterback

    Drew Brees
    Quarterback of the 2010 World Champion New Orleans Saints
    Western Hills Little League (Aledo, Texas)

    Matt Cassel
    NFL Pro-Bowl Quarterback (played in 1994 Little League Baseball World Series)
    Northridge City (Calif.) Little League

    Mike Ditka
    NFL Hall of Fame Tight End/Former NFL Coach

    Tony Dungy
    Former NFL Football Player/Former Head Coach of Indianapolis Colts

    John Elway
    Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback

    Zach Ertz
    Super Bowl LII Champion Tight End
    San Ramon (Calif.) Little League

    Brett Favre
    NFL Career Leader in Passing Yards

    Doug Flutie
    Heisman Trophy Winner/Former NFL player/Sports Broadcaster

    Nick Foles
    2017 Super Bowl Champion Quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles
    Western Hills Little League (Aledo, Texas)

    Billy Hunter
    Former NFL Player/Executive Director of NBA Players Association
    Delaware Township (N.J.) Little League

    Jim Kelly
    Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback

    Dan Marino
    Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback

    Joe Montana
    Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback

    Ozzie Newsome
    Hall of Fame NFL Tight End

    Aaron Rodgers
    Quarterback of 2011 World Champion Green Bay Packers
    Raleigh Hills Little League (Portland, Ore.)

    Ben Roethlisberger
    Two-time Super Bowl Quarterback
    Findlay (Ohio) South Little League

    Deion Sanders
    Two-time Super Bowl Champion
    Tice East Ft. Myers (Fla.) Little League

    Turk Schonert
    Former NFL Player (played in 1968 Little League Baseball World Series)
    Bolsa Little League (Garden Grove, Calif.)

    Brian Sipe
    Former NFL Quarterback (played in 1961 Little League Baseball World Series)
    Northern Little League (El Cajon, Calif.)

    Steve Spurrier
    Heisman Trophy Winner/College Football Coach

    Adam Vinatieri
    NFL Kicker and Four-time Super Bowl Champion
    Harney Little League (Rapid City, S.D.)

    Julian Vandervelde
    Former NFL Center and Highland Games Participant
    Davenport (Iowa) East LL – 2000 LLBWS

    Russell Wilson
    NFL Quarterback
    Tuckahoe (Va.) Little League

  • Golf

    Ben Crenshaw
    Professional Golfer; Two-time Masters Champion
    Western Hills LL (Austin, Texas)

    Ricky Fowler
    Professional Golfer
    Murrieta Valley (Calif.) American Little League

    Cathy Gerring
    Professional Golfer

    J.B. Holmes
    Professional Golfer
    Campbellsville (Ky.) Youth Baseball Little League

    Hale Irwin
    Professional Golfer
    Baxter Springs (Kan.) Little League

    Gerina Piller
    LPGA Golfer
    Lions Hondo Little League (Roswell, N.M.)

    Michelle Wie
    LPGA Golfer

    Cameron Young
    Professional Golfer

  • Hockey

    Matty Beniers
    NHL Player/Team USA Hockey
    Hingham (Mass.) Little League

    Chris Drury
    NHL Player/3-time U.S. Olympian (played in 1989 Little League Baseball World Series)
    Trumbull (Conn.) Little League

    Meghan Duggan
    Captain of 2018 Gold Medal USA Olympic Women’s Hockey Team
    Danvers (Mass.) American LL

    Ray Ferraro
    Former NHL Player (played in 1976 Little League Baseball World Series)
    Trail (British Columbia) Little League

    Stephane Matteau
    Former NHL Player (played in 1982 Little League Baseball World Series)
    Rotary (Quebec) Little League

    Yanick Perrault
    Former NHL Player (played in 1983 Little League Baseball World Series)
    Sherbrooke Fleurimont (Quebec) Little League

    Pierre Turgeon
    Former NHL Player (played in 1982 Little League Baseball World Series)
    Rotary (Quebec) Little League

    Krissy Wendell
    Olympic Hockey Silver Medalist (played in the 1994 Little League Baseball World Series)
    Brooklyn Center (Minn.) American Little League

    Harry Zolnierczyk
    Former NHL Player (played in the 2000 Little League Baseball World Series)
    Toronto (Ontario) High Park Little League

  • Horse Racing

    Jose Ortiz
    2018 ESPY Winner – Best Jockey
    La Gloria (Puerto Rico) Little League

    Laffit Pincay, Jr.
    National Horse Racing Hall of Fame Jockey

  • Olympics

    Dan O’Brien
    Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal Winner

    John Shuster
    2018 Olympic Gold Medal Skip for Team USA Curling
    Chisholm (Minn.) Little League

  • Soccer

    Sydney Leroux
    Olympic Gold Medalist for U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
    Whalley (British Columbia) Little League

    Chris Wondolowski
    Major League Soccer Player
    San Ramon Valley Little League


  • Sports Broadcasting

    Beth Mowins
    Sports Broadcaster; First Female to call Monday Night Football
    North Syracuse (N.Y.) Kiwanis Little League

    Brent Musburger
    Sports Broadcaster
    Billings (Mont.) Little League

    Craig Sager
    Hall of Fame Sports Broadcaster
    Batavia (Ill.) Little League

    Stuart Scott
    Sports Broadcaster and ESPN Anchor
    NW Forsyth American LL (Winston Salem, N.C.)

    Mike Tirico
    Sports Broadcaster and former ESPN Anchor
    Fresh Meadows Athletic League LL (New York, N.Y.)

    Al Trautwig
    Sports Broadcaster

    Dick Vitale
    Hall of Fame Sports Commentator/College, Professional Basketball Coach
    Garfield (N.J.) Little League