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Could LeBron James Make It In The NFL?

Submitted by on November 19, 2009 – 4:48 am23 Comments


Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini went on the record yesterday saying he would give LeBron James a shot at suiting up for the NFL.

“I think he should come on down,” Mangini said. “I know he’s pretty busy right now, but if he wants to give it a shot, the guy is gifted. He’s competitive and tough. I’m sure whatever he applied himself to, he’d probably be good in baseball or soccer or swimming.”

Mangini then went on to suggest that James could be a formidable tight end, wide receiver, or outside linebacker.

Those comments came after a Tuesday night interview where the NBA superstar offered his thoughts on playing in the NFL. “If I put all my time and commitment into it, if I dedicated myself to the game of football, I could be really good,” LeBron said, “no matter what team I was on.”

Certainly football is nothing new to James, who was an all-state wide receiver in high school. His former coach [Packer Hall-Of-Famer] Mark Murphy even told ESPN earlier this year that the best receivers he’s ever seen are James Lofton, Jerry Rice, Steve Largent and the King himself.

To break it down to the numbers, the 6-foot-8, 260-pounder would tower over all defensive backs as the tallest active receiver and his 44-inch vertical leap would rank among the top 10 recorded at the league combine.

Still, some NFL players remain unconvinced that LeBron could cut it in pro football. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers questioned James’ conditioning and ability to take punishment, while tight end Jeremy Shockey posted his thoughts on Twitter:


At the time of the interview LeBron stated that he has no serious plans of returning to football. However, if comparisons to Michael Jordan hold any weight, the recent doubters may just motivate the Cavs’ forward to prove them wrong and turn this commercial into reality:

What do you think? Could LeBron become the latest dominant two-sport athlete?

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