Pro athletes who played in a Little League World Series Championship Game

Cam Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports
Published 7:52 a.m. ET Aug. 24, 2019 | Updated 1:14 p.m. ET Aug. 24, 2019

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It’s an incredible accomplishment for any young athlete to reach the Little League World Series.

It’s another thing entirely to make it all the way to the championship game. (The 2019 Little League World Series semifinals – Willemstad, Curacao vs. Chofu City, Japan and River Ridge, Louisiana vs. Wailuku, Hawaii – will be held Saturday, with the final taking place Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.)

From within that already elite population, just 11 players have then gone on to reach a professional sports league, with nearly as many going pro in something outside baseball as in Major League Baseball itself.

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Matt Cassel (NFL)

When: 1994, Northridge, Calif.

When he went pro: Cassel has proven to be an NFL journeyman, perhaps most famous as Tom Brady’s backup who nearly led the Patriots to the NFL playoffs during the season in which Brady suffered a torn ACL. Before his football career petered…

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