Tight end Brian Vogler and linebacker Adrian Hubbard are not strangers by any means. The two often find themselves lined up opposite each other in practice, whether they’re in coverage on a passing play or locked up in a blocking battle during a run.
But Vogler and Hubbard have been battling it out long before the two joined the Alabama football team.
“Me and [Vogler] have had some good battles in life, especially in basketball. We played basketball way back in the days,” Hubbard said. “Vogler will tell you, I was probably the first person to dunk on him, but then he came back on and threw my shot in the stands.”
For many dual athletes like Hubbard and Vogler, playing basketball can help with skills on the football field. Both sports require balance, strength and speed.
“Basketball is just like football and vice versa,” Hubbard said. “It’s just weight distribution. If a guy’s going one way, you’re going to try and beat him the other way.”