Many professional athletes believe they could play multiple sports at an elite level, but the truth is most of them could not.
Through history, how many athletes have been stars in two sports?
At lower levels, such as high school or even college, plenty.
But what about at the professional level?
Only Deion Sanders (NFL and MLB), Bo Jackson (NFL and MLB) and Jim Thorpe (football, basketball, baseball and the Olympics) come to mind as athletes who were successful competing in multiple professional sports.
Even Michael Jordan, the best NBA player of all time, failed as a baseball player.
Today, the NBA is a collection of some of the most freakish athletes in the world. They have unrivaled size, speed and explosiveness.
Is it wishful thinking to think we are in the golden age of supreme athletes in the NBA?
The NFL is much rougher than the NBA, and no athlete has ever been successful in both leagues in recent history. While former talented basketball players have popped up in the NFL—such as Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham—they never starred in the NBA.
Here are 10 current NBA stars whose skill sets and athletic abilities would transfer to the National Football League and make them stars.