Looking for things to do during the NBA lockout, Miami Heat superstar LeBron James suited up in full pads to practice with the football team at his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, at his old position, wide receiver.
James, who stands at 6'8" and weighs 250 pounds, was not allowed to be tackled by opposing corners but was still allowed to get bumped at the line. He caught everything that came his way, and following the practice he tweeted, "Just got done practicing with the St.V Varsity football team, full pads and all. Felt great being back on the field. Should I?"
James was first-team All-State during his high school football career and got scholarship offers from schools like USC and Ohio State before he ultimately decided to declare for the NBA Draft. Were LeBron to actually consider an NFL career during these uncertain NBA times, it is possible he would want to play for his hometown team, the Cleveland Browns.
This scenario was simulated in a State Farm insurance commercial a few years back, and while the chances of that happening in real life are about the same as winning the lottery three days in a row, can you blame a guy for dreaming?
One only has to look at James' high school highlights to imagine that he could be one of the most dominant players in the league. He has spent a long time away from football, but he is still in great shape, and while there would probably be a bit of a transition phase, James has tremendous upside.
Anyone who has watched a Browns game this year knows that we could take all the help we can get at the wide receiver position. Cleveland is in desperate need of playmakers, and LeBron could definitely fill that role.
Now, do I really think that James was being serious in his tweet? No. Would he ever risk his NBA career for a few football snaps? Hell no. Will that stop me from crossing my fingers and praying? Not a chance.