Retired superstar midfielder David Beckham reportedly had a chance to play a different kind of football—as a kicker in the United States' National Football League—during his time with the MLS' Los Angeles Galaxy.
Chris Bucktin of the Mirror reported that an NFL scout contacted Beckham about a possible kicker tryout while he was weighing options about his future as a footballer. Beckham ultimately decided to wrap up his storied career with Paris Saint-Germain.
The skills in Beckham's arsenal would have translated rather well to the gridiron, as he had a thunderous strike and was able to place the ball effectively. That would allow him to kick without much issue from either hash mark on an NFL field.
Back in 2007, Beckham participated in an advertising campaign for Adidas with former New Orleans Saints and current Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush. In it, the two ran through various exercises with a "Futbol Meets Football" theme, and Beckham proved plenty capable of both punting and kicking an American football with fantastic power.
A source of Bucktin's in Hollywood noted that a couple of scouts were actually interested in giving Beckham a shot, but only one made an official call to him.
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It's known that Beckham came to the Galaxy in 2007 in an effort to raise the profile of his sport in America, and the NFL scout who had Beckham in mind knew the type of star power Beckham possessed.
That also factored into the equation to reach out to Beckham, but the timing was just off, per Bucktin's source:
It was obvious too that if Becks took up the offer then any NFL franchise would be interested as his international appeal would generate billions in PR and commercial opportunities.
The offer came in and he politely said that it wasn’t right for him. Perhaps in the next few months he could change his mind.
NFL kickers such as Morten Andersen, Gary Anderson, John Carney, John Kasay, Jason Hanson and Matt Stover have been active into their 40s (h/t ProFootballHOF.com), so there's definitely a window of opportunity should the 38-year-old Beckham indeed give the NFL further consideration. Beckham to the NFL would have some intriguing options:
Bengals should sign David Beckham....kick Hard Knocks up a bit.— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) June 18, 2013