Published: Oct. 27, 2017 at 12:47 p.m.
Updated: Oct. 27, 2017 at 07:26 p.m.

Play ball! The best NFL first pitches

The World Series is only two games in, but the intensity is red hot.

The Dodgers took game one with a stellar performance from ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw, while the Astros rallied the next night against closer Kenley Jansen. Trailing 3-1 in the eighth inning, the Astros came back to tie the Dodgers and eventually won the game in 11 innings, 7-6.

For tonight's Game 3 in Houston, J.J. Watt is set to throw the ceremonial first pitch. While he pressures QBs for a living, Houston’s favorite adopted son will experience a new kind of pressure -- throwing a strike on baseball’s biggest stage.

Watt is far from the first NFL player to throw out a first pitch, as he follows these NFL players who took the mound and hoped to deliver a strike.

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  • Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) throws out the first pitch during Opening Day of an MLB baseball game between the Texas Rangers against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Sunday March 31, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 8-2. 31

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    J.J. Watt

    Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) throws out the first pitch during Opening Day of an MLB baseball game between the Texas Rangers against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Sunday March 31, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 8-2.

  • New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, left, holds daughter Ava as he throw's out the ceremonial first pitch to New York Mets third baseman David Wright  before baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field in New York, Sunday, June 17, 2012. Pampers and Quarterback Eli Manning Team Together to Honor “Most Valuable Dads” at New York Mets Father’s Day Game 30

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    Eli Manning

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, left, holds daughter Ava as he throw's out the ceremonial first pitch to New York Mets third baseman David Wright before baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field in New York, Sunday, June 17, 2012. Pampers and Quarterback Eli Manning Team Together to Honor “Most Valuable Dads” at New York Mets Father’s Day Game

  • Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Phoenix. 29

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    Larry Fitzgerald

    Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Phoenix.

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates on opening day at Fenway Park, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Boston. 28

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    Tom Brady

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates on opening day at Fenway Park, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Boston.

  • Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the National League wild-card playoff baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Phoenix. 27

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    Kurt Warner

    Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the National League wild-card playoff baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Phoenix.

  • Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a spring exhibition baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees in Tampa, Fla., in this March 21, 2014 file photo. Marino was a right-handed pitcher and quarterback at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, and drew interest for his skills in both sports. 26

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    Dan Marino

    Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a spring exhibition baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees in Tampa, Fla., in this March 21, 2014 file photo. Marino was a right-handed pitcher and quarterback at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, and drew interest for his skills in both sports.

  • Retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis throws the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball spring training exhibition game between the Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Lakeland, Fla. 25

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    Ray Lewis

    Retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis throws the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball spring training exhibition game between the Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Lakeland, Fla.

  • Chicago White Sox alumni player Bo Jackson throws out the first pitch before a Spring Training game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, March 20th, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. 24

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    Bo Jackson

    Chicago White Sox alumni player Bo Jackson throws out the first pitch before a Spring Training game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, March 20th, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.

  • Former NFL player Michael Irvin reacts after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Chicago. 23

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    Michael Irvin

    Former NFL player Michael Irvin reacts after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Chicago.

  • MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 9: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game between the New York Mets against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 9, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Mets defeated the Brewers 4-1. 22

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    Aaron Rodgers

    MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 9: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game between the New York Mets against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 9, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Mets defeated the Brewers 4-1.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. 21

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    Gerald McCoy

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

  • Former NFL great Cris Carter throws out a ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 6, 2013, in Cincinnati. Carter, set to go into the NFL Hall of Fame, is to be honored at his hometown of Middletown, Ohio, on Tuesday. 20

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    Cris Carter

    Former NFL great Cris Carter throws out a ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 6, 2013, in Cincinnati. Carter, set to go into the NFL Hall of Fame, is to be honored at his hometown of Middletown, Ohio, on Tuesday.

  • Tony Romo delivers the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. 19

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    Tony Romo

    Tony Romo delivers the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in Arlington, Texas.

  • Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Brooks will enter the NFL football Hall of Fame next Saturday. 18

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    Derrick Brooks

    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Brooks will enter the NFL football Hall of Fame next Saturday.

  • Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and Buffalo Bisons on May 19, 2017 at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, New York.  Buffalo defeated Pawtucket 7-5 in thirteen innings. 17

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    Sean McDermott

    Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and Buffalo Bisons on May 19, 2017 at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo defeated Pawtucket 7-5 in thirteen innings.

  • Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the second baseball game of a split doubleheader between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Washington. The Nationals won the first game 6-4. 16

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    Kirk Cousins

    Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the second baseball game of a split doubleheader between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Washington. The Nationals won the first game 6-4.

  • NFL football player Bryant McKinnie throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the start of a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in Miami. 15

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    Bryant McKinnie

    NFL football player Bryant McKinnie throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the start of a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in Miami.

  • Former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a spring exhibition baseball game between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Viera, Fla. 14

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    Doug Flutie

    Former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a spring exhibition baseball game between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Viera, Fla.

  • Former NFL coach Jerry Glanville throws out the first pitch before a baseball spring training exhibition game between the Detroit Tigers and the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Lakeland, Fla. 13

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    Jerry Glanville

    Former NFL coach Jerry Glanville throws out the first pitch before a baseball spring training exhibition game between the Detroit Tigers and the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Lakeland, Fla.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Boston. 12

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    Rob Gronkowski

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Boston.

  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the start of a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Miami. 11

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    Teddy Bridgewater

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the start of a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Miami.

  • Rex Ryan throws the ceremonial first pitch before the Triple-A baseball opener between the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Red Wings in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, April 9, 2015. 10

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    Rex Ryan

    Rex Ryan throws the ceremonial first pitch before the Triple-A baseball opener between the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Red Wings in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, April 9, 2015.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, July 23, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. 9

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    Jameis Winston

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, July 23, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

  • Former NFL quarterback Joe Montana throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. 8

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    Joe Montana

    Former NFL quarterback Joe Montana throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

  • Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Chicago. 7

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    Jordan Howard

    Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Chicago.

  • Washington Redskins football player Ryan Kerrigan throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets , Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Washington. 6

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    Ryan Kerrigan

    Washington Redskins football player Ryan Kerrigan throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets , Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Washington.

  • Washington safety Budda Baker, who was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL football draft, throws out the first pitch of a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Seattle. 5

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    Budda Baker

    Washington safety Budda Baker, who was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL football draft, throws out the first pitch of a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Seattle.

  • Cleveland Browns first-round draft picks Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku, from left, throw out ceremonial first pitches before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Cleveland Indians, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Cleveland. 4

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    Myles Garrett, David Njoku, Jabrill Peppers

    Cleveland Browns first-round draft picks Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku, from left, throw out ceremonial first pitches before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Cleveland Indians, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Cleveland.

  • Former Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens NFL football Pro Bowl center Matt Birk acknowledges the crowd before throwing a ceremonial first pitch before the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles baseball game, Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Minneapolis. 3

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    Matt Birk

    Former Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens NFL football Pro Bowl center Matt Birk acknowledges the crowd before throwing a ceremonial first pitch before the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles baseball game, Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Minneapolis.

  • Colin Kaepernick throws the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Miami Marlins in San Francisco, Friday, June 21, 2013. 2

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    Colin Kaepernick

    Colin Kaepernick throws the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Miami Marlins in San Francisco, Friday, June 21, 2013.

  • Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of baseball's World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. 1

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    Roger Staubach

    Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of baseball's World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas.

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