LeBron James wasn’t just a star basketball player in high school. He dominated on the football field, too.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft was an All-State football player at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. James could have played big-time college football and, perhaps, gone on to play in the NFL.
James, who like everyone has a lot of free time right now, took some time to reminisce on his high school football career on Saturday night.
The former McDonald’s All-American basketball player turned NBA superstar remembers how he wasn’t allowed to play his senior year. Basketball had become too important at that point.
“They said if I tried to step on a football field my senior year they would jump (kick my a**) me every day of practice until I had enough! Think I made a smart decision! Ha!” he wrote.
James also added that NFL linebackers/cornerbacks/safeties can thank him for sticking with basketball. Guarding 6-foot-8 LeBron James in the red zone would have been no fun.
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My homie @mister1223 just sent this to me from his son. His son said “I didn’t know Bron was #1 prospect in Ohio?? He said “Yeah Bron was nice in football too. His son response “THATS CRAZY! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. 60 reception, 1200 yards and 16 touchdowns my Junior year at WR. 😱.Men Lie, Women Lie, Numbers Don’t. Didn’t even play my senior year(I wanted to so BADLY) because my boys @siancotton_ @druondemand @chillwill03 @rometrav @brandonweems10 @frankiewalkersr wouldn’t let me. They said if I tried to step on a football field my senior year they would jump(kick my a**) me every day of practice until I had enough! Think I made a smart decision! Ha! Anyways you LB/CB/S can thank my homies I stayed over in the hoops lane or would have been plenty of highlights “Moss’d” on y’all. 😆😤 #ThekidfromAKRON🤴🏾 #JamesGang👑
If LeBron had decided to stick with football, where would he have played in college?
Probably Ohio State. The Ohio native has said he would’ve attended school in Columbus if it came to that. Jim Tressel surely would’ve done everything he could have to get James to play for the Scarlet and Gray.
Alas, James stuck with basketball and is still dominating the NBA.
What could have been, though…