Ties That Bind: A Look at Similarities between NBA and NFL Franchises

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Ties That Bind: A Look at Similarities between NBA and NFL Franchises
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We often hear announcers and commentators discuss how an NBA player's talent would translate to the NFL.

How many times have we listened to someone talk about how LeBron James would make a fabulous tight end or wide receiver?

In fact, many NFL players have a hoops background, most notably Tony Gonzalez and Antontio Gates, who played basketball, not football, in their college days.

Gonzalez has made a routine of dunking the football over the goalposts when he scores a touchdown.

Allen Iverson has also talked about how much he loved playing quarterback in high school.

Even when not considering how a player would be if he switched sports, we compare the accomplishments of athletes across sports and debate how they match up.

Michael Jordan's accomplishments vs. Joe Montana's, Dan Marino and Karl Malone being great players but never winning the big one, and so forth.

What about the teams, though?

How do franchises across the NBA and NFL match up in terms of historic accomplishments, recent trends and other circumstantial similarities?

Here is a look at each NBA team and its NFL counterpart.

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