It’s time to talk about it again.
When the NBA was closed for months in 2011, NBA Superstars lebron james Received offers to try for NFL clubs. His favorite team as a kid, Dallas Cowboysoffered him a shot, and Seattle Seahawks The king sent him a jersey with his name in the hope of getting an appearance.
Football is not foreign to James. He played wide receiver in high school, earning first-team All-State honors during his sophomore season. He was also recruited by FBS schools.
And if James sticks to football, Skip Bayless believes he could have earned a place in the NFL by using his 6-foot-9 frame as an advantage in a specific area.
“I still believe – even more [Shannon Sharpe] does — that LeBron was at least as good as pass-catching, not blocking, but pass-catching as tight-end as Jimmy Graham,” Bayless said on his podcast, “The Skip Bayless Show.” “Talk about a red-zone goal, LeBron James at 6-foot-9, 270″ [pounds], In his prime, LeBron could fly out. …he can do the sky too. As a red-zone target, if he could survive the extreme physicality, I think LeBron would have been lethal.”
Although clearly out of fit as a pass-catcher, Bayless said he believed James would have done better in an even more unorthodox position.
“LeBron James, if he had chosen so, could have had a Hall of Fame left tackle. Obviously, it’s not a glam position, but we’re talking 6-foot-9 and great feet. He has to have, I dunno, 20 to 30 pounds? No edge rush could ever get around that. I guess at 6-foot 9 – he loves the weight room – I don’t think he can even get a bull-rush Had many edge rushers. I think he would be a wall for himself in the left tackle. He would have been a Hall of Famer.”
In 2021, James acknowledged The Athletic’s Bill Oram and Christopher Kamrani when asked about playing football, “I always think about it.” He is sure of how well he must have done.
“I would have made the team,” James told the athletic, “I’d try, but I’d make the team. One thing about it, I don’t mind working for something, so if I had to try out for the Cowboys or the Seahawks, or if I would have stayed home in Cleveland.” Went back, I would have tried (out), but I would have made the team. All I know is what I’m capable of on the football field. Especially at that age.”
James, who was 26 during the 2011 NBA lockout, told Peyton and Eli Manning during the 2021 “Manningcast” that he “Definitely Thought” The offers he got from the Cowboys and Seahawks. He even kept the jersey given to him by both the teams.
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