Lebron James...Successful NFL Quarterback?
LeBron James is a four-time NBA MVP and the undisputed best basketball player on the planet. But before becoming the face of the basketball world he was a pretty solid football player. He was an all-star wide receiver and many believed he could have been a super star in the NFL world. Ex-Quarterback Joe Theismann believes that Lebron could be a successful quarterback in the NFL.
“I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent,” Theismann told Fox Sports Florida on Saturday. ”I’ll go wherever he wants this summer. 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.”
The offer to be James' agent was later called "tongue in cheek" but Theismann believes seriously that Lebron could have a good career in football as well.
“Who wouldn’t want to coach LeBron James?” he told the NFL Network on Tuesday. ”He’s the most physical specimen we have in professional sports. He could do, I think, anything he wanted.”
Theismann said that James would have to develop his footwork to be an effective signal-caller, and acknowledged that it might be difficult for the NBA star to get a solid grip on the ball with his huge hands. But when it comes to having the right mindset, Theismann can’t imagine that James would get fazed.
“He’s as mentally tough a guy as you’re going to find, which I think is the No. 1 prerequisite to play the position,” Theismann told the NFL Network.
Following Miami's Game 1 victory over the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals Lebron James did tell reporters that if he had pursued the football route, he would have liked to have been a quarterback.
“I have the ability,” James said. “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.”