Auburn running back Tre Mason faced a tough decision in high school. Being a multi-sport star, the talented athlete almost gave up football to pursue his dream: basketball.
"I stopped playing football in eighth grade and was like, 'I'm done. I'm going to play basketball,'" Mason told ESPN. "But I went to a game in the ninth grade and said, 'I think I could do this. I think I could dominate.'"
"Dominant" is an understatement for the junior tailback.
Mason finished the season with 1,621 yards rushing and an Auburn-record 22 touchdowns. Mason was also a Heisman Trophy finalist and needs 166 yards on the ground in the BCS National Championship to pass Bo Jackson as the school's single-season rushing leader.
"I was young and had this dream of playing basketball, but the reality was that I wasn't 6 foot 8," he said.
The 5-foot-10 Mason made a great decision in the eyes of Auburn's faithful. No one knows what his future could have been on the hardwood, but on the field he's been one of the best running backs in Tigers history.