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BJ Boyd reflects on path to Wichita, playing college football

Wind Surge outfielder talks return to pro baseball after college football season
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 8:56 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Sports have always come natural to Wind Surge outfielder BJ Boyd. Having played pro baseball since 2012, Boyd says he has found a home in the game.

After years in the minor league system with the Oakland A’s Boyd decided to take another path in 2019.

“I was in AAA at 24, and I thought I would get the call up. It didn’t happen unfortunately, and I felt like I had given all of my time to baseball,” Boyd shared. “I really wanted to be in Oakland, that is like home for me but that didn’t happen, so I was like you know what—let me go try another sport that I played,” he finished.

That sport Boyd wanted to pursue was college football. Enrolling at Foothill Junior College in California, Boyd earned a spot on the field at running back. He would excel in his lone season, and would eventually see interest from division-one schools

“I got a couple looks from Cal Berkley, UNLV, San Jose State, all schools that are close to home, then the pandemic happened and twisted up a lot of my schedule,” Boyd explained.

Due to the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, Boyd returned home to California unsure of what he would do next. He got an unexpected phone call from a coach in the A’s organization encouraging him to get back on the diamond.

“Honestly, I was sitting at home four weeks ago. I was just on the couch, enjoying life. I wasn’t even thinking about if I would play baseball again, more looking at football. Then I got that call and thought, maybe I need to go and try it again,”

Boyd says his goal is still to make it up to the major league level but says he is enjoying his time in Wichita and making the most of a fresh start.

“I never thought that I would be here again, but it is lovely right now. It is a restart and right now, I am just happy to be here,” he smiled.

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