Rajon Rondo: Could 2011 NBA Lockout Force Boston Celtics PG into the NFL?

Max MickeyContributor IIIOctober 8, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics brings the ball up court against the New York Knicks in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 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 Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The 2011 NBA lockout has left NBA players with quite a bit of free time on their hands. Some have chosen to risk injury and play overseas like Deron Williams and Ron Artest, while others like Zach Randolph have just gotten into trouble. 

An Interesting idea for some players would be to play another sport. Many NBA players have played other sports at high levels, and could transition if they so chose. 

The Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo might be able to make the transition. He played quarterback in high school, and recently posted on his Twitter and Facebook accounts a video of himself catching passes.(Link to Video)

Rondo tweeted the video to Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck "Hey [Hasselbeck] I'm ready." Hasselbeck replied, "good hands but can you run routes too? #redzonefaderoute."

Rondo emphatically finished the conversation, "of course aint much I cant do."

Obviously Rondo was joking about wanting to be an NFL wide receiver, but is it really that outlandish? 

Rondo is smaller at just 6'1" and 170 pounds, but he has incredible speed, and showed that he is not afraid of anyone when he decided to guard the 6'8" 250-pound LeBron James last season. 

I could see Rondo playing for a team with really weak wide receiving corps like the Chicago Bears or the Cleveland Browns. He could play a slot wide receiver, run simple routes, and maybe play in some Wildcat formations. 

If nothing else, Rondo could be used as a publicity tool to put fans in the seats for a struggling franchise like the Jacksonville Jaguars, or could be utilized as a decoy.

There is no chance Rondo would risk ruining his NBA career to attempt to play football, but it would be very interesting. 

Let's just hope the lockout ends soon so Rajon Rondo can go back to being the quarterback on the hardwood instead of tweeting at quarterbacks. 


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