According to Joe Theismann, LeBron James Would Be a Great NFL Quarterback

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMay 28, 2013

According to former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, LeBron James isn't just a gifted basketball player but a potential NFL quarterback who simply needs to work on his footwork. 

It's good to know James has alternative options in case this NBA guff doesn't pan out for him. 

ESPN reports the 63-year-old gave a couple of phone interviews recently in which he proclaimed James could do very well as an NFL quarterback if given a little time and coaching. 

On Saturday, Theismann offered the following to FOX Sports Florida: 

I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent. I'll go wherever he wants this summer. He could play another four years in the NBA before seriously trying the NFL. There are not a lot of 38- or 39-year-old basketball players, but there are 38- and 39-year-old quarterbacks, so there's always time for him.

Not done, Theismann continued his James rant Tuesday when he spoke with NFL Network's NFL AM show.

"Who wouldn't want to coach LeBron James?" Theismann asked. "He's the most physical specimen we have in professional sports. He could do, I think, anything he wanted."

Via ESPN, the former NFL signal-caller stated James' biggest hurdle would be footwork, which he proclaims is the ultimate tool in a quarterback's repertoire. 

The Worldwide Leader is hardly content to allow the Eastern Conference Finals to be the sole provider giving us our LeBron fix, because they stoke the fires of this debate with the following Sports Science segment. 

At one point, they toss out the claim that James is able to complete a pass quicker than New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. However, we have to second Business Insider's Tony Manfred, who notes that throwing a football and basketball are two different actions. 

With that being said, I don't doubt James would be a solid quarterback or NFL player at another position if he had decided to traipse down that road instead of heading to the NBA. 

As ESPN reminds us, the versatile Miami Heat superstar "played receiver for two seasons at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School." He also recently offered his own assessment of his football abilities. 

"I have the ability. I can see and read plays. I study a lot, so I know defenses and things of that nature. So I would have been pretty good if I had decided to go for it," James said.

As if the ongoing debate as to where James resides among the pantheon of NBA greats weren't enough, we now have former football stars starting crazy conundrums well outside the basketball arena. 

I've learned to expect just about anything from James and his otherworldly talents, but I believe I'm safe in saying we will never see James as a 38-year-old NFL rookie. 

Unless I'm wrong, which would be awesome. 

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