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Posted on January 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM

The great Michael Jordan played baseball; Charlie Ward won the Heisman trophy and started at point guard in the NBA; Deion Sanders recorded an interception for a touchdown and a home-run in the same week. Could Lebron James be next?


Many athletes have successfully made the switch from one sport to another, and with the Cleveland Browns finishing the season 5-11 playing a young quarterback, two young wide receivers, and a bunch of other starters I've never even heard of, people are joking that the Browns could use Lebron on their team.


Lebron James has so many qualities that make him an amazing athlete. He is tall, strong, fast, and can jump high and far. Because he has inhuman-like athletic ability, I think Lebron James could enter the NFL draft right this second, and pretty soon become the most versatile player in football.


Picture Lebron as a short yardage running back. His team could give him the ball with one or two yards to go to get a first down or a touchdown. Lebron can dunk from just inside the free throw line which is 15 feet away (5 yards), and his vertical leap is 44 inches. If he gets the ball with a running start, jumps, and tucks in his legs, he could leap for a first down with ease. Actually, Lebron would be more of a short yardage jumper, and a really good one too.


Lebron could also be a pretty good receiver. If you watch James on a fast-break or some of his patented come-from-behind blocks, you'll see that he is so fast for his height and size. He is probably faster than a lot of pass defenders in the NFL (except for Darelle Revis, who I love). If he is not faster than his opponents (which would surprise me), he certainly can elevate and get the ball better than them.


It would basically be a joke if Lebron played defensive end and he would be matched up with a blubbering offensive lineman. I give credit to NFL offensive lineman who are extremely quick on their feet, especially for how large and slow they look, but most of them would be no match for Lebron. King James would take one or two big strides and be on the quarterback in no time. He also is probably almost as strong as an offensive lineman. If I were a quarterback with Lebron charging at me, I would most certainly run all the way back to my own endzone to safety, but also giving two points to Lebron's team.


The football position I think would suit Lebron best would be a position I am making up, a field goal catcher. On a low field goal try by the opponent, Lebron would stand in front of the goalposts, time his jump and catch the field goal kick. I'm not even sure if that is legal, to catch a field goal try, but it would be an amusing sight if James could pull it off.


I'm not saying that Lebron James would instantly become a pro-bowler if he played in the NFL. I'm just saying that Lebron is an athletic freak, and if a football team uses him in the right way, he could be pretty good at a lot of positions.


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4 Comments

Reply Lev to Mike and Kyle
8:36 PM on January 21, 2010 
Kyle says...
Are you sure about football? I mean, he a great athlete, but can his body take the blows when someone tackles him? Also, just because he has good skills on the court doesn't mean he has the skills on the football field. The momentum is different, and you don't have the same feeling
playing basket ball than playing football.

About the tackles and the wear and tear, I think you may be right. However, Lebron is a very physical basketball player and when someone intentionally tries to foul him by bear hugging him, he usually still muscles the ball in the basket.
Reply Kyle
5:40 PM on January 21, 2010 
Are you sure about football? I mean, he a great athlete, but can his body take the blows when someone tackles him? Also, just because he has good skills on the court doesn't mean he has the skills on the football field. The momentum is different, and you don't have the same feeling playing basket ball than playing football.
Reply Mike
9:19 PM on January 20, 2010 
Lebron playing football would be awesome! It's clear that basketball players are the best pure athletes in all of sports. Antonio Gates has shown that a decent basketball player with good size is athletic enough to be a star tight end. I'm not so sure about running back though, just due to the wear and tear of the position.

Too bad this dream of Lebron playing in the NFL will never come true. There's no way that an NBA team with Lebron under contract would ever let him play football! That's just a disastrous injury waiting to happen.
Reply Shai
5:16 PM on January 20, 2010 
Agreed! Maybe the Jets can sign him to a contract for this Sunday!