Monday, May 27, 2013

Joe Theismann wants to make LeBron James a quarterback … and serve as his agent

It's long been said that as great as Miami Heat forward LeBron James has been at basketball through his life, there's a lot of untapped football potential there, as well. James played quarterback as a freshman on the St. Vincent-St. Mary High School team in Akron, Ohio in 1999, and then switched to receiver for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. He quit the game to focus on basketball in 2002, and that decision seems to have gone pretty well for him. But there is an undercurrent of football people who have always wondered, "what if?" What if a 6-foot-8, 250-pound elite athlete, with an obvious ability to jump at the right time and get free in tight spaces with defenders all around him, actually trained for the NFL?
Most think that James could be an amazing NFL receiver if he really put the time in, but one former NFL quarterback truly believes that LeBron might be best-served at his old position. Joe Theismann, who played for the Washington Redskins from 1974 through 1985, thinks that if the hoops star ever wants to make that switch, he's the man to make it happen.
"I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent," Theismann told FOX Sports Florida last Saturday. "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."
James was asked about the possibility of quarterback success at the NFL level, and to the surprise of some, he seemed intrigued by the possibility.
"I think so," he said after the Heat beat the Indiana Pacers in overtime in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. "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." source- shutdown corner

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