“I would join the team”

While LeBron James may be the greatest basketball player of all time, there was a time when he was also an incredible football player. He didn’t end up playing football after high school because he didn’t go to college, but James said he could have been an elite football player.

James said the Dallas Cowboys offered him a tryout in 2011 and he was seriously considering going there and trying out. However, that didn’t end up happening, but it’s fun to think about.

In an interview with The Athletic, LeBron James said:

“I would join the team. I would try, but I would get into 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 stayed home and came back home to Cleveland, I would have tried (out), but I would have made the team.

“I just know what I’m capable of doing on the football field. Especially at that age.”


Obviously, playing high school football is a lot different than playing in the NFL or even at the college level. James probably could have played at a high level in college given the type of success he had in high school, but it’s not 100% certain that he would have had a ton of success playing football at the Division I level.

However, it certainly begs the question of what LeBron James would look like at the NFL level.

What is known is that he is one of the most physically fit athletes in the world, and even of all time. The reason why he achieves this success every year, even at the age of 38, is what he does for his body. He still works hard and once said he puts a million dollars a year into his body.

This is obviously a big what-if in the sports world, but it sure would be great to see LeBron James take the football field and show what he’s got. If he had been anything like he was as a basketball player, we might have seen one of the greatest football players of all time.

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