A tweet from the National Football League crossed the digital airwaves on Memorial Day that may raise an eyebrow or two, especially for basketball fans.
Former Washington Redskins Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Theismann believes that Miami Heat star and reigning league MVP LeBron James has the potential to play quarterback at the highest level in football.
He spoke about it with Fox Sports Florida Saturday.
“I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent … He could play another four years in the NBA before seriously trying the NFL. … There are not a lot of 38- or 39-year-old basketball players, but there are 38- and 39-year-old quarterbacks, so there’s always time for him.”
When asked if he thought he could play QB, James agreed with Theismann’s assessment. ”I think so. I have the ability. I can see and read plays. I study a lot, so I know defenses and things of that nature. So I would have been pretty good if I had decided to go for it.”
James did play quarterback as a freshman in high school at St. Vincent-St. Mary before switching to wide receiver.
His former high school football coach Jay Brophy said that he believes he [James] could play at the NFL level.
“Nobody could cover him at receiver … But I wouldn’t have counted him out at quarterback (in the NFL) if he had put his mind to it. He had a strong arm and was pretty accurate (on the freshman team), although sometimes he would overthrow guys because he was so strong. We couldn’t afford to play him at quarterback on the varsity, because at that time he was becoming such a good basketball player.”
To think that James’ blossoming basketball talent and stardom prevented coaches from playing him at the ever-important quarterback position only speaks to his other-worldly athletic talent.
Hopefully James can complete the prime of his basketball career without suffering any injuries while trying to secure his basketball legacy, because it would be a pleasant sight to see him attempt a shot at the NFL later on down the line.
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