There have been more than a handful of athletes who have excelled in multiple sports. Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, and Brian Hunter were major contributors in both football and baseball. Michael Jordan tried. Luckily, he failed.
Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus and Miami tight end Jimmy Graham made the switch from the college hardwood to the gridiron this year. Both used all four years of their basketball eligibility.
NFL players Tony Gonzalez and Julius Peppers played major college basketball. Antonio Gates played basketball too.
With NBA training camps underway this week (and NFL and NCAA football in full swing), I want to ponder which NBA players could make the switch to the pigskin.
While it is debatable as to which professional athletes are the MOST athletic, it is a fact that, in order to survive in football, you must be a physical specimen.
This is why baseball, basketball, and soccer players have the skills to play football better than most of us, but may lack the speed or strength to play in the NFL.
On the other hand, while NFL players have the ability to play any sport better than most of us, they may not have the necessary skills to compete professionally in baseball, basketball, or soccer.
Players, and coaches, were selected based on how well their NBA 'game' would translate to the NFL 'game'.
Let's go ahead and these guys a helmet and some pads, huh?
QB Jason Kidd (6-4, 210)-A born quarterback
RB Dwyane Wade (6-4, 216)-The horse
RB Derrick Rose (6-3, 190)-Young speedster
WR LeBron James (6-8, 250)-Go-to guy
WR Kobe Bryant (6-6, 205)-Possession
WR Carmelo Anthony (6-8, 230)-No fear down the middle
LT Shaquille O'Neal (7-1, 335)-Oh yeah, he will line up at FB and TE at times
LG Carlos Boozer (6-9, 266)-Pulling guard
C Brad Miller (7-0, 261)-Anchor
RG Glen "Big Baby" Davis (6-9, 289)-Hoss
RT Tim Duncan (6-11, 260)-Steady
RE Amare Stoudemire (6-9, 240)-Pass rush
DT Kendrick Perkins (6-10, 280)-Gap filler
DT DeJuan Blair (6-7, 265)-Clog in the middle
LE Emeka Okafor (6-10, 255)-Contain
ROLB Jason Maxiell (6-7, 260)-Blitz
MLB Ron Artest (6-7, 260)-Ray Lewis
LOLB Caron Butler (6-7, 228)-Speed
CB Devin Harris (6-3, 185)-Lockdown
CB Russell Westbrook (6-3, 187)-Man
SS Leandro Barbosa (6-3, 202)-Big Hit
FS Chris Paul (6-0, 175)-Vision
KR T.J. Ford (6-0, 165)-Breakaway
PR Nate Robinson (5-9, 180)-Sproles
K Dirk Nowitzki (7-0, 245)-Good for 3
P Sasha Vujacic (6-7, 205)-Captain
Wildcat QB Allen Iverson (6-0, 180)-Obviously
RB Jameer Nelson (6-0, 190)-Skatback
WR Brandon Roy (6-6, 211)-4 or 5 wide
TE Corey Maggette (6-6, 225)-Secret weapon
FB Baron Davis (6-3, 215)-Downhill
OL Kevin Love (6-10, 260)-Seviceable
CB Rajon Rondo (6-1, 171)-Nickel
CB Raymond Felton (6-1, 198)-Bump
LB Raja Bell (6-5, 215)-Rover
S Ben Gordon (6-3, 200)-Athlete
DL Andrew Bynum (7-0, 285)-Goal line
Head Coach Supervisor (new position): Pat Riley
Head Coach: Gregg Popovich
Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Sloan
Defensive Coordinator: Larry Brown
Offensive Line Coach: Stan Van Gundy
Wide Receivers Coach: Mike D'Antoni
Running Backs Coach: Don Nelson
Quarterbacks Coach: Phil Jackson
Defensive Line Coach: Mike Woodson
Linebackers Coach: Byron Scott
Secondary Coach: Doc Rivers
Special Teams Coach: Kurt Rambis
I would like to see this team, after three weeks of two-a-days, line up for 1 game against the Dolphins. Just ONE game.
Obviously, the Dolphins would win. But it would not be the biggest rout we've ever seen.