Just a few months after helping Baylor win a men’s national basketball championship, Mark Vital will take the field as a tight end for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks have announced they will sign Vital to the practice squad after off-season training with several anonymous NFL teams.
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“Mark Vital, who helped lead the Baylor men’s basketball team to a national championship earlier this year, signed with the Seahawks’ practice squad as he tries to launch a professional career in a new sport, “the team said on its website.
Vital has announced that he will not be returning to Baylor for his senior year by posting a video on Twitter.
“We all have different paths, different paths. My path has been through basketball,” he said in the video. “I shed tears for it. I fell. I overcame and experienced so much joy. I gave this game everything I had and it gave me a lot.”
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He continued, “I will always be in love with basketball, but my path takes me elsewhere.”
He posted several videos of his NFL training sessions and dispelled any rumors he would return to Baylor to play football.
“I’m not going to college football. I’m chasing the NFL.”
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At 6-5, 250 pounds, Vital certainly has the size to play as a tight end in the NFL. His ability to move around the field, if it translates into the field, will make him a good target for Russell wilson.
Vital started in 105 games and played 126 in total for Baylor where he was a 2020 All-Big 12 third-team selection and a three-time Big 12 All-Defensive selection. He was also a semi-finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award during his junior year, where he helped Baylor to the national title.