It looks like John Harbaugh was not the only notable sports figure unimpressed by Manti Te'o's 40-yard-dash time.
As the story goes, the Miami Heat were watching the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine prior to Tuesday night's game against the Sacramento Kings. When asked about his own 40-yard-dash time, LeBron James said he ran the sprint in 4.6 seconds over the summer, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman:
NFL Combine again the pregame entertainment in the Heat locker room. Asked his 40 time, LeBron said he rana 4.6 in training last summer.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 26, 2013
But James didn't stop there. Winderman noted that James was quick to point out his time came without training and that it was superior to the former Notre Dame star's:
LeBron on his 4.6 40 that he pointed out was without training, "It's better than Manti Te'o, I'll tell you that."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 26, 2013
Te'o and his poor athletic showing was one of the biggest stories of Monday's action in Indianapolis. He recorded an official time of 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which was the seventh-worst among all linebackers who ran during the on-field drills.
Though he finished second in the Heisman balloting in 2012, Te'o's draft stock has been on a free fall since Notre Dame's BCS National Championship Game loss to Alabama, and his struggles have become a source of humor for some.
Could LeBron play in the NFL?
That being said, there is only one major takeaway here: LeBron James is once again a better athlete than any mortal human. Listed at 6'8" and 250 pounds, James also reportedly has a 40-plus-inch vertical leap and is largely seen as one of the NBA's strongest players.
The 28-year-old three-time defending league MVP has been described as a freight train in the open court, blessed with the combination of strength, speed and quickness that has rarely (if ever) been seen on the basketball hardwood. His other worldly abilities have caused some to wonder whether James, who was an all-state football player in high school, could have been an NFL wide receiver or tight end.
If his 40-yard-dash time is any indication, he could have at the very least played some linebacker in South Bend.