Joe Thiesmann thinks that he may have found the answer for quarterback starved NFL franchises, Lebron James. Yes, Lebron James is the most dominant basketball player in the NBA right now, yet for some reason the former Redskin passer seems to think he could also become a franchise quarterback.
The two sports differ greatly in what they require from their athletes, yet Lebron agreed with Theismann in an unrelated interview with reporters following his team’s game 1 victory over the Indiana Pacers. When asked about his football skills and how well his game would potentially transition into the game of football, King James replied “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.”
Today, Theismann agreed with James. In an interview with Fox Sports, he seemed excited about the prospect of James lacing up a pair of cleats and strapping on pads and a helmet, leading his team out of the huddle in an NFL venue:
“I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent. 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.
I wouldn’t count him out. He’s the most tremendous physical specimen in all of sports. I think he’s certainly talented enough. He’s intelligent. He’s like the quarterback on the Miami Heat, but there are so many things to being an NFL quarterback.”
This is not the first instance of James being recruited into other sports. During the most recent World Cup commercials were created featuring James playing goalie. This trend has continued with a 2012 Nike campaign where James made a cameo in another soccer ad. Athletes from other sports have transitioned into the soccer world, most recently Chad Ochocinco made the switch for a brief period with the MLS franchise Sporting KC.
So Joe Theismann thinks Lebron James could be an NFL quarterback. That won’t happen, not in the near future at least. Should James game start to fall off, or his body stops being up for the punishment of an 82 game season as he reaches his upper 30s, doors would open for the superstar in the NFL. The success Lebron would find as an NFL quarterback would depend on Joe Theismann, or whoever he would pick to be his personal coach, and their ability to rapidly teach him the basics of how to play the position.
James, one could argue, is already the quarterback of the Miami Heat’s offense, and would have plenty of practice already at reading a defense, a key trait for an NFL passer. Questions remain as to how James would be able to hold up to hits from 300 pound lineman, there aren’t many of those chasing him down currently in the NBA.
This scenario is incredibly unlikely to ever pan out, however it is a fun one to imagine. If Joe Theismann would ever get his wish and be able to make Lebron James into an NFL quarterback, fantasy players everywhere would have to consider drafting him. He is an incredibly athletic man who would have incredible upside in whatever sport he chose to play.
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The Guardian Express