If you knew nothing about LeBron James and had one guess about which sport he plays, some would say the NFL. Believe it or not, it almost happened.
LeBron was an immensely talented athlete in both football and basketball coming out of high school. His immediate path to stardom came from basketball, though. He left football behind as a result.
Believe it or not, LeBron had an opportunity to revive his football career during the infamous 2011 NBA lockout. He told Peyton and Eli Manning during ESPN2’s Monday Night Football broadcast that both the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys offered him contracts that year.
LeBron, of course, declined and opted to stick with the NBA. He’s won four NBA titles ever since.
“Jerry Jones offered me a contract and actually Pete Carroll in Seattle did as well during out lockout time. Definitely got my blood flowing again, got my mind racing again about the game of football,” James said on Monday night. “We was able to get a deal done in the NBA and I was back on the court in not time, but I definitely thought about it.”
"I still got the jersey too, that Jerry [Jones] and Pete Carroll sent me from 2011."
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 28, 2021
LeBron James joining the NFL would’ve been one of the biggest sports stories of all-time.
It’s pretty disappointing we never got to see it come to fruition.
Bro you know how crazy this is ? Their going off HS tape and got two offers to play football. https://t.co/DwoMfVywl0
— 2-1 Cowboys nation (@DamnitHatch) September 28, 2021
Why imagine? I say we make this happen now! https://t.co/MYWddEmZnt
— Andrew Mah (@Mahster) September 28, 2021
LeBron will be the absolute goat in whatever position he would have played https://t.co/xzC64Mke0c
— JLee (@jleegiant) September 28, 2021
Lebron would dominate in the NFL https://t.co/HMFDgicWoq
— Tanner DeLeon (@Tanner_DeLeon88) September 28, 2021
I need a LeBron James Seahawks jersey immediately https://t.co/MjFSUBR7CT
— Brandon Pope TV (@BpopeTV) September 28, 2021
Could you imagine LeBron James being a 6-foot-8 tight end catching end-zone fades? Sign us up.
Unfortunately, that ship has sailed. LeBron is now in the tail-end of his basketball career. A potential future in the NFL is no more.