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Notre Dame wide receiver... and 2006 Cubs draft pick Jeff Samardzija, who will play his final college football game tonight at the Sugar Bowl, may not be as committed to a pro football career as some might think:

As his final game at Notre Dame approaches, the two-sport athlete is torn between playing professional football or baseball.

"I'm just kind of in the same spot still, seeing what happens," Samardzija said. "This game, obviously, means a lot for the football side of things, then the combine, which will play into the decision."


As the time approaches for the two-sport phenom to decide on his future, NFL scout Mike Detillier believes Samardzija's draft stock will hinge on his making a strong commitment to football.

"He'd be a second-round pick," Detillier said. "But I wouldn't be surprised if he leaned a little more toward baseball."

And finally:

Even Samardzija's father said he is unsure which sport his son will commit to after the Sugar Bowl.

"I think what we're going to do is after the bowl game, we're going to sit down and have some real serious conversations as to where he is," Sam Samardzija said. "The NFL draft is not really guaranteed. Unless you're No. 1, you don't know where you're going."

While Samardzija might make more money up front as an NFL draft pick -- and that's no sure thing, either, if he's a 2nd-round choice -- if he really is as he appears to be as a pitcher, with a 99-MPH fastball, he'll have a longer career and make more money as a baseball player in the long run.

We shall see.