Five Non- Football Athletes Who Could Potentially Help The New York Giants In 2009
Throughout the course of the NFL season, countless fans quarrel over which players would be most beneficial to their team's cause in the upcoming season.
Whether they come through free agency, trades, or the draft, the acquisition of new players for one's team is always an exciting turn of events. The skills and character that each player brings to the table will undoubtedly affect the output of that given team, for better or worse.
In this article I want to take a look at somewhat of a less explored method by which to acquire new football talent. Football, unlike many other sports, is a game in which a player may succeed in time with raw athletic abilities and a desire to win, even if their experience in the sport is limited.
With that said, I would like to examine five athletes who I believe, if given the opportunity, could prove to be an asset to my favorite football team, the New York Giants.
5) Jonah Lomu: Rugby
At 6'4 and 265 pounds, Jonah is rugby's version of Brandon Jacobs.
Despite his massive size and strength, Jonah played the wing position for New Zealand, a position in rugby that is best equated with either a speed receiver or speedy running back in football.
On the rugby pitch, Jonah Lomu blazes down the field with speed that is comparable to a 4.5 second 40 yard dash, thereby creating a level of momentum that is absolutely dangerous for anyone who gets in his way.
While Jonah has retired from rugby due to health issues, he is still only 34 and still has the athleticism, size, and speed to succeed in athletic endeavors.
If the Giants took a shot on him and he was willing to comply, I believe Jonah Lomu could become an unbelievable compliment to Brandon Jacobs at running back.
4) David Beckham: Soccer
This glamour-seeking soccer star is known for his precision free kicking and his ability to bend the movement of the ball as though he was controlling it with his mind.
If you ask me, these qualities seem almost tailor made for the role of place- kicker in the NFL. As of this moment, the New York Giants' kicking role is in a bit of a vexing situation. Reigning NFC pro bowler John Carney isn't getting any younger and the incumbent Lawrence Tynes has little to show for himself other than a career of mediocrity.
If you're the New York Giants, why not throw out an offer to Mr. Beckham?
He clearly loves the limelight that comes with professional sports in the U.S as evidenced by his desire to compete in the MLS. Furthermore, in Europe he was featured in a commercial with rugby athlete Johnny Wilkinson kicking field goals (with great success I might add).
With that said, I think there is little doubt that the Giants can benefit from the services of David Beckham.
3) Lebron James: Basketball
As of this very moment, Lebron James may just be the best athlete in the entire world.
At 6'8 and 260 pounds the King is the most unstoppable force in the world of basketball, and at the ripe age of 23 he appears to only be getting better from here.
Few fans of Lebron know that in high school he was just as prolific a football player as a basketball player. Lebron played the wide receiver position despite spite of his massive size, and absolutely dominated the high school ranks.
I can't help but wonder what would have happened if Lebron chose football over basketball. At 6'8 and 260 pounds, Lebron would inheritably become the largest wide receiver in the history of the National Football League, and he would absolutely overpower opposing quarterbacks.
The average NFL cornerback is only around 5'10 and 190 pounds, so it would be nearly impossible for any one individual to stop this 260 pound behemoth.
If Lebron chose to fully commit himself to the game of football, I believe he could become the greatest player in NFL history.
Lebron is in the NBA however, and he is doing quite well for himself there. For that reason, I will only place Lebron at number three on my list, due to the unlikelihood that he would ever consider signing with an NFL team until he retires from basketball.
2) Usain Bolt: Track & Field
Without question, Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the entire world.
In an era in which a solid 40 yard dash time can push a raw football player into the first round of the draft, how could you pass on a 6'5 sprinter who could likely run the dash in under four seconds?
Even if Bolt is unable to master the skills needed to play the wide receiver position at the NFL level, his speed should at least make him a viable kick returning option.
He plays a sport in which his time to shine only comes once every four years, so his potential eligibility would be much more realistic than the likes of a Lebron James.
With his combination of size and mind- boggling speed, any NFL team would be smart to take a look at Bolt, especially the receiver- anemic New York Giants.
1) Jeff Samardzija: Baseball
The Cubs' hard-throwing 24 year old may be pretty good on the mound, but many would argue that he was even better on the gridiron.
Playing wide receiver at Notre Dame, the 6'5 wideout was absolutely dominant, and he likely would have been a first or second round draft pick if he had not decided to go with baseball instead.
Jeff is still struggling to establish himself as a solid Major Leaguer, and one would have to believe that it's only a matter of time before he starts to imagine "what if?"
Jeff is a proven wide receiver with talents that are reminisent of Plaxico Burress, the wideout who the Giants ironically just let go due to character and legal issues.
If the opportunity was to arise for such a move, I believe Samardzija would be a perfect compliment to the New York Giants. A move like this wouldn't exactly be unprecedented.
Drew Henson was rated one of the top third base prospects in baseball before returning to the NFL as a quarterback.
It is not outside of the realm of logic to say that such a signing could one day come to fruition.