Rajon Rondo Says "I Could Have Played" Quarterback in the NFL. Seriously

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2012

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 8: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics calls out to his teammates while handling the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the game on December 8, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Rajon Rondo already had himself an extremely extended streak of games with double-digit assists this season; now it seems like he would like to take a run at Drew Brees' most recent streak of games without a touchdown after claiming that he could have been an NFL quarterback.

No, that's no joke. Rondo seriously talked about his ability to play football professionally, and the belief that he would have been able to crack his way through to a starting quarterback job. Too bad he's so busy with all this basketball nonsense.

Check it out here:

#Celtics Rajon Rondo: I respect what (NFL) players do, I don't take it lightly, but I think I could have played, could have given it a shot.

— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) December 11, 2012

Yes, it's crazy to hear someone say that they legitimately think that they'd be able to take on another sport if they would have gone down that route, but it's not the first time we've heard about players' football desires.

For the longest time we were all enamored with the thought that LeBron James could go out and be the NFL's most dominant tight end.

You know what, I can't say I don't believe it myself either, both with LeBron and Rondo.

Sure, there's a lot that goes into being an NFL quarterback, and most people start hardcore training out of the womb, but why couldn't Rondo figure it all out with a few years of training?

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He had the desire to play when he was younger, but his mom realized what we all would have realized right off the bat—Rondo's skinny as a rail.

Let's take a look, however, at what in Rondo's game proves that he could be an NFL player if did take that route.

Physical Aspects

Sure, Rajon Rondo seems a little bit small for a quarterback, and he's definitely on the skinny side, but that shouldn't completely disqualify him off the bat.

He is a full 6'1", which is taller than the 6'0" Drew Brees and the 5'11" Russell Wilson.

The biggest problem would be putting on 20 pounds of muscle, as he weighs anywhere in between 170 and 190 pounds, depending on where you look.

Then there's that speed. He's gone on record saying that he could beat Chris Johnson in a 40-yard dash, which seems crazy, but he's fast enough to at least keep it close.

Running the option with Rondo's trickeration and insane third gear would be dangerous, although he might get clocked a time or two by a safety in the open field if he's not careful.

"Football"Basketball Skill

Thinking about it, what skills from basketball translate to football the best, beyond athletic ability at least.

As far as being a quarterback goes, you don't need a good shooter, or even a good defender if we're talking about a quarterback, but Rondo's ability to pass has to be factored in at some point.

He's obviously got a great ability to dish out a little shovel pass, as we can see here:

Rondo would also be terrific at running the option, as he's very good at holding onto the ball until the last possible second before he kicks it out to the open man.

Plus, very few people in the league have the court vision Rondo has. He might be a bit less open-eyed with a helmet on his head, but his court vision has to translate in some way to the NFL.

The most interesting thing to see would be if he's able to use that insatiable behind-the-back fake pass in football. If so, safeties would be biting harder than a pit bull.


It seems like a quarterback in the NFL should be an affable, admired leader, something that Rajon Rondo can get away from being at times.

Think about it, you've got guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and even youngsters like Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck who just seem like natural-born leaders who are competitors, but generally nice guys overall.

However, for every Brees or Manning you've got a Jay Cutler, who can be downright moody and mean at times but a very successful quarterback.

There are worse personalities than Rondo you could choose to run a football team, and at the very least he's got the tools necessary to mold into a football player. 

I mean, if Brady Quinn can start for the Chiefs this year, Rondo could at least make a run at taking a starting job away from a player or two.