It’s time to talk about it again.
When the NBA was months into its lockout in 2011, NBA superstar LeBron James received offers to try out for NFL clubs. His favorite team as a kid, the Dallas Cowboys, offered him a shot, and the Seattle Seahawks put him in a jersey with his name on it in anticipation of King’s appearance.
Football is not foreign to Seamus. He played wide receiver in high school, earning first-team All-State honors during his sophomore season. He was even recruited by FBS schools.
And if James stuck with football, Skip Bayless believes he could have made it to the NFL, using his 6-foot-9 frame as an advantage in one specific area.
“I still believe – even more than [Shannon Sharpe] does — that LeBron could be at least as good as a pass-catcher, not a blocking tight end, but a pass-catcher like Jimmy Graham,” Bayless said on his podcast, “The Skip Bayless Show.” “Talk about red -zone target, LeBron James at 6-foot-9, 270 [pounds]. In his prime, LeBron could fly flat. … He can also sky. Just as a red-zone target, if he could avoid being really physical, I think LeBron would be lethal.”
However, beyond the obvious fit as a pass catcher, Bayless said he believes James would be even better at a more unconventional position.
“LeBron James, if he had his choice, could be a Hall of Fame left tackle. Obviously, it’s not a glamorous position, but we’re talking 6-foot-9 and great legs. He would put on, I. I don’t know, 20 to 30 pounds No edge rusher could ever get around him I think at 6-foot-9 – he loves the weight room – I don’t think he could have gotten bull rushed at also a lot of edge rushers. I think he would be a wall to himself at left tackle. He would be a Hall of Famer.”
In 2021, James admitted to The Athletic’s Bill Oram and Christopher Kamrani, when asked about playing football, “I always think about it.” He is quite confident of his excellence that he has also succeeded.
“I want to have made the team,” said James The Athletic. “I would have tried out, but I would have made the team. One thing about it, I don’t mind working on something, so if I had to try out for the Cowboys or the Seahawks, or if something I want. I stayed at home and I went back home to Cleveland, I want to try (out), but I would make the team. I just know what I can do on the football field.
James, who was 26 during the 2011 NBA lockout, told Peyton and Eli Manning during the “Manningcast” in 2021 that he “definitely considered” the offers he received from the Cowboys and Seahawks. He even kept the jerseys both teams gave him.
Now, at 37, James probably won’t be chasing an old football dream, even if he doesn’t sign an extension with the Lochers.
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