Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is one of the best athletes the NBA has ever seen. At 6′ 9″ and 250 pounds, he’s a force to be reckoned with on the court. Many consider him to be the greatest basketball player of all time.
With a pedigree like this, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that LeBron James was a standout football player in high school. But what will likely come as a surprise to many is that the NBA star earned not one, but two legitimate NFL offers from the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks during the NBA lockdown of 2011. He talked about what could have been during the Manning brothers’ alternate broadcast of Monday Night Football on ESPN2.
First of all, we’d be remiss if we failed to mention how awesome the Peyton and Eli MNF broadcast has been through the first few weeks of the NFL season. The format finds the two former QBs offering their expert insight into the action on the field. The brothers are entertaining enough on their own. But the addition of other high-profile guests throughout the broadcast pushes it over the top.
LeBron James was one of those guests tonight. He stopped by to chat with the Manning bros in the first half of the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game. You can watch him explain his would-be NFL career below.
“That’s true. Jerry Jones offered me a contract. Also, Pete Carroll did as well in Seattle during our lockout time. It definitely got my blood flowing again, got my mind racing again thinking about the game of football, you know, being out there Sundays,” said James. “…I definitely thought about it. I still got the jerseys too, that Jerry and Pete Carroll sent me.
LeBron James Had No Doubt That He’d Be Able to Hang With the Active Rosters of the Cowboys or Seahawks
As a wide receiver for the St. Vincent-St. Mary High School football team, LeBron James earned all-state recognition and captured the attention of several D1 football programs. Had he not pursued a basketball career, it’s entirely possible to think that LeBron James could have made a name for himself as a college football player. From there? Well, he doesn’t doubt that he’d be able to succeed at the NFL level.
“I would have made the team,” LeBron James told The Athletic in an interview. “One thing about it, I don’t mind working for something, so if I would have had to try out for the Cowboys or the Seahawks, or if I’d have stayed home and went back home to Cleveland, I’d have tried (out), but I would have made the team. I just know what I’m capable of doing on the football field. Especially at that age.”