How an NFL player might cash in on Kyle Schwarber's success

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Despite the Chicago Cubs trailing the Cleveland Indians three games to one in the World Series, the return of slugger Kyle Schwarber remains a big story. That’s because his return to the Cubs lineup in Games 1 and 2 was nothing short of extraordinary after his season had been ruled over in April after he sustained a torn ACL and LCL.

Everyone has taken notice of Schwarber’s recovery, return and also his production so far during the World Series. That includes Braxton Miller, a former rival on the high school gridiron who went on to star at quarterback for Ohio State University and is currently a wide receiver for the Houston Texans.

It turns out there’s quite a relationship between Miller and Schwarber. In fact, Miller once influenced Schwarber to steer his career more toward baseball.

Or at least that’s how Miller is telling in the story.

Last week on Facebook, Miller posted a photo of himself playing prep football for Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio. In the photo, he’s seen avoiding the attempted tackle of a Middletown High School defender, who was none other than Schwarber.

The photo also has a caption that read: “The day I made Kyle Schwarber choose baseball. Still has that #WorldSeries Attitude! #TBT #Cubs #KyleSchwarber”

(Braxton Miller on Facebook)
(Braxton Miller on Facebook)

Now Miller has taken the bit of friendly trolling one step further by creating T-shirts, sweaters, hoodies and even coffee mugs sporting the same photo and same message.

This is really real, and the T-shirt’s only $19.85.

Ridiculous you say? This guy sure does.

Yes, it’s likely Kyle Schwarber will make more money than Braxton Miller in their current fields. A lot more money, in fact. But that’s where the merchandising comes in. You can’t blame a guy for cashing in while the cashing is good. And assuming he does, here’s hoping a lot of good comes from it.

Kyle Schwarber smiles as he answers a question during a news conference for Game 3 of the MLB World Series. (AP)
Kyle Schwarber smiles as he answers a question during a news conference for Game 3 of the MLB World Series. (AP)

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!