Pete Rose may not be in the Hall of Fame — thanks to his gambling habits — but he’s still one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

But what if baseball wasn’t even Rose’s best sport?

What if it was football?

It’s hard to believe that the best hitter in baseball history might have been better at another sport.

But that was the case according to Rose himself.

The legendary hitter recently appeared on the “Talking To Titans” podcast and he revealed that he was a better football player than a baseball player.

And he also said that he took a recruiting trip to Tennessee.

Here are his comments, via 247Sports:

“Back in the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s, that’s all we had to do was sports,” Rose said. “We didn’t have the iPads. We didn’t have the computers. We didn’t have the iPhones. We didn’t have none of that stuff. So, we had sports. I was a three-sport player. To be honest with you, I was a much better football player than I was a baseball player. That was because of my dad. If I had been a good student, and I was one of those students that did good enough to stay eligible, if you know what I mean. If I had been a good enough student, I would’ve went to college and played football. I almost went to the University of Tennessee. I flew down there for a recruiting trip one time, and I just didn’t dig school. I made out OK.”

Rose was a running back at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati. If he would’ve played college football at Tennessee, he would’ve played in the late 1950s/early 1960s.

I’d say things worked out just fine for Rose — aside from the whole betting on baseball thing that’s kept him out of the Hall of Fame for decades.

But it’s still fun to think about Rose as a Vol. Considering his nickname was Charlie Hustle, I imagine he would’ve been a handful on Rocky Top.

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