BOSTON (CBS) – Quarterbacks are used to throwing a football with a perfect spiral.
If former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield has his way, a few of them will learn to throw something the exact opposite.
Wakefield is making the most of his retirement, hosting a new show on MLB Network called “The Next Knuckler.” In the show, Wakefield will teach former quarterbacks how to throw a knuckleball, with an invite to the Arizona Diamondbacks spring training awarded to the winner.
Among the QBs scheduled to appear on the show is New England legend Doug Flutie, who won a Heisman Trophy at Boston College and enjoyed a 12-year NFL career, including the 2005 season with the Patriots.
The other quarterbacks scheduled to compete are former USC and Minnesota Vikings player caller John David Booty; his brother, Josh Booty — who spent seven years in the Florida Marlins system in addition to four seasons in the NFL; David Greene, who enjoyed a solid career at Georgia before bouncing around with four NFL teams – including the Patriots practice squad in 2007; and Ryan Perrilloux, who played at Jacksonville State after being dismissed from LSU.
The show will debut on February 13.