With the NBA lockout continuing on (140 days and counting...!) people still seem stuck on this notion that LeBron James could play tight end in the NFL right now if he wanted to. As if, his high school football skills coupled with his large frame would somehow automatically translate to NFL success. However, that's simply not true. If he ever tried to play NFL football, LBJ would be little more than a sideshow to whatever team decided to give him a chance.
We're not the only ones that think that, either. While serving as panelist on the NFL Network's No Huddle earlier this week, both Jalen Rose and Warren Sapp dismissed the notion that King James would be anything close to royalty in the NFL.
"He's a tremendous athlete," Rose said. "Probably the best physical specimen you'll see in sports. The one thing about football, you can go up for the football, I don't think his feet'll hit the ground on the way down because they will take him out. I think that game is too physical. I think it's too demanding. I think that it's hard to block defensive ends. It's more to that job of being a tight end than just running routes."
Sapp agreed—and threw a little bit of ether into his response directed at Bron-Bron. "How about LeBron do one-sixth of what [Michael] Jordan did?" he said. "Let's see him go win a championship. Go do that. Go see if you can conquer your own sport before you come over here. Because them boys on defense, we like pretty boys like that. We want to split them."
AYOOOOOOO! Easy, Warren. But, dude has a point. Stick to your own sport, LeBron. And, while we're at it, can the rest of us stop talking about this whole LeBron-to-the-NFL thing, too? It's not happenin'. Thx!
[via USA Today]
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