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Sport Former Baylor basketball star Mark Vital signed to Seattle Seahawks' practice squad

02:25  03 september  2021
02:25  03 september  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Mark Vital, who helped lead the Baylor Bears to the 2021 NCAA men's basketball tournament championship this past spring, will be playing a different sport this fall.

On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks signed the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Vital to their practice squad and will have him play tight end. He has not played football since middle school.

“I’ve worked out for a couple of teams and they liked the way I looked," Vital recently told KPLCTV.com. "They said I had great hands and I was fast and big. I can do a lot of things that can help teams. It’s a learning experience because it’s something different.”

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a group of people playing a game of basketball: Baylor guard Mark Vital, right, blocks a shot by Gonzaga's Corey Kispert during the men's 2021 NCAA Tournament championship game April 5 in Indianapolis. © Robert Scheer, IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports Baylor guard Mark Vital, right, blocks a shot by Gonzaga's Corey Kispert during the men's 2021 NCAA Tournament championship game April 5 in Indianapolis.

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Vital started all 30 games this past season for Baylor, averaging 5.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as the Bears finished 28-2 and defeated Gonzaga in the NCAA title game. He also played three games in the NBA Summer League for the Portland Trail Blazers.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Former Baylor basketball star Mark Vital signed to Seattle Seahawks' practice squad

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