Dwight Gooden happy son, Dylan, making ‘own path’ with Maryland football commitment

From Dr. K to Dr. Sock?

Dr. Gooden’s son is climbing the athletic ladder, but in a different sport than his father. Dylan Gooden, a senior at Wild Lake High School in Maryland, officially signed his NCAA Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play football at the University of Maryland starting next school year.

“I’m glad he’s making his own name, his own path,” Dwight Gooden said Sunday at “Pinstripe Pride” at the American Dream in East Rutherford, N.J., where he and the Yankees icon performed for fans. Autograph signed. “I told him he had to work hard. The difference between a good player and a great player is in practice and games: What are you doing to improve yourself?

Dwight Gooden in 2016.
Christopher Pasati for the New York Post

Dylan is a 6-foot-4 edge rusher rated by ESPN as a four-star recruit and the 28th-ranked defensive end in the nation. The son of baseball royalty chose Maryland over schools like Penn State and Rutger.

Dylan is also a high school basketball star, but Dwight thinks he’s better at football. Dwight couldn’t see his son watching baseball the way he does.

“He played baseball, said baseball was boring, which I don’t understand,” said Gooden, a former Mets and Yankees star and Cy Young winner.

Gooden raved about his son, but he didn’t want to say he would be a future NFL player. He told Dylan that “less than 1 percent” of college athletes graduate to the pros.

“The worst thing that can happen is you get a free education,” Gooden said.

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