Baseball or football? That was the big question Christian Rossi faced when he finished his high school career at Clovis North last spring.
Rossi decided to play baseball for Cal State Fullerton, but something happened two weeks into practice: a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. Rossi since had surgery that not only ended his season but his baseball career as well.
Now he's re-focused on football and has enrolled at Fresno City College this semester and plans to play for the Rams in the fall.
"The Fullerton coaching staff is amazing and their program is one of the best in the country," Rossi said. "I went there ready to play baseball, but I knew that my passion and what I really wanted to do was get back on the football field.
"During my rehab I had a lot of time to think and I just thought this move was the best decision for me and it was what I wanted to do."
The Bee's 2012 Player of the Year in football as a quarterback said he could've walked on at a four-year university in an attempt to earn a scholarship but felt returning home and playing football for the Rams would help him plan his next move.
"I am a true believer that things happen for a reason." said Rossi, who's 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and plans to still play quarterback. "When I was injured, I felt as maybe it was a sign that this is the way it supposed to happen."
Former Clovis North coach Cory Hall said going to Fresno City is the best thing for Rossi.
"Once you get that bug, it's hard to shake," Hall said. "Football is an adrenaline rush. I'm not sure if you can achieve that in any other sport, and I think Christian has that fire in him. I'm happy for him because he's going to do what he actually loved. He's going to be happy in the end no matter what the outcome is."
Rossi in 2012 helped lead the Broncos to a 12-2 record and an average of 38.4 points per game while winning the Central Section Division I title and becoming the section's first D-I team to advance to the Southern California Regional. He also helped Clovis North win the 2011 D-II section championship.
Rossi was a Cal-Hi Sports All-State selection and left with school records for single-season passing yards (2,735) and touchdowns (26) and career passing yards (4,762) and TDs (44).
Rossi said he was recruited initially by San Jose State, San Diego State and Boise State.
"We heard from a lot of colleges for football, but no one really wanted to take the chance because they all thought I would either go in the draft for baseball or go play baseball in college," he said.
For now, Rossi wants to contribute in the classroom and on the field.
"My number one goal is to get the grades I need so if the opportunity presents itself when I can transfer to a four-year (program), I can do so," he said. "I'm just going to do whatever it takes to help this team win football games."
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