A Plea to Lebron James: Play NFL Football in 2010!

Myke FurhmanCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 14:  LeBron James #23 of the Eastern Conference leads teammates to the court during the preshow prior to the start of the NBA All-Star Game, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at Cowboys Stadium on February 14, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Dear LeBron,

NFL free agency just kicked off yesterday. And sure, an Antonio Cromartie trade here and Julius Peppers signing there is all good and well...but I got me an idea.  An idea so good, that you've just gotta hear it.

Remember St.Vincent-St. Mary's? Okay, now do you remember, in your sophomore year, who was named to the Ohio All-State First-Team from your school? The wide receiver? What was his name again?

Oh yeah, I remember, LeBron James. Wide receiver, extraordinaire.

So here's the idea: After you win yourself another NBA MVP, and your first NBA title, how about you try your hand at some good, old-fashioned football!?

I've seen your high school highlights on YouTube. I've seen your commercial where you play for your hometown Cleveland Browns. Hell, their coach Eric Mangini even said in November, that he would welcome you into his training camp!  "If he wants to give it a shot" was an invitation, and yes, an actual Man-genius quotation.

This is your last chance. You're not exactly young (25), especially for football, and you're not getting any younger! Not to mention the fact that there's not going to be an NFL season in 2011, and you'll be nearing 28 when they resume.

And, it just so happens, there may not be an NBA season next year either! What a coincidence! So what's the answer? 


Get another quick $20 mil in the bank before taking a year off, and then pick up basketball again with a good decade left in the tank.

The NFL season needs you to show up, when, in August, September? That gives you three months to go on a Trix and pizza binge, and then quickly get into shape for training camp. 

And think about that bling, Bron-Bron!  How pretty would it be to boast two rings, from two sports. MJ, Deon, and Bo couldn't even do that! 

I don't care if you flank-out wide with Randy Moss and Wes Welker, or if you're catching deep bombs from Drew Brees. It doesn't matter if you're in a west coast offense or running the Wildcat. Where you play doesn't matter, as long as you play.

I've seen you dunk; you can do the Lambeau Leap. I've seen you dance; you can do the "Bob 'n Weave".  And I've seen you not congratulate your opponent after being ousted from a championship; you understand Bill Belichick.

So, LeBron, how 'bout it? Are you ready for some football?