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Second sport for LeBron?

We suppose one of the primary traits of folks who achieve true greatness in one arena is that they sometimes become tempted to find out whether they can do the same thing in another.

In athletics, it’s the two-sport star.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, we saw several examples of it.  One (Deion Sanders) was relatively successful.  Another (Michael Jordan) was a failure at his other sport.  A third (Bo Jackson) could have been a two-sport Hall of Famer but for a bad hip.

There’s early talk of another.  Though we don’t buy it, we’ve got to mention it.

NBA star LeBron James recently mused about playing football.

I’ve been thinking about transferring to the NFL,” he told FOX 411 earlier this week.  “I played a lot of
football in my school days,” he said, albeit while laughing.  “I may make it happen one day — you never know!”

LeBron once suited up as a member of the Browns for a television commercial, but he has never seriously been linked to the NFL.

Besides, why would the most dominant player in the NBA put his body at risk in his prime, especially as he approaches free agency?

Even with 2010 likely to be uncapped, allowing any team (the Cowboys) to break the bank for LeBron, there’s no way it would make sense to pay James the kind of money he’d want to play tight end, and there’s no way it would make sense for him to put his basketball career on the back burner.

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  1. Fike Mlorio says: Sep 25, 2009 1:26 PM

    ok florio, i always got your back, but i cant believe you just posted this article, i feel dumber for just reading it

  2. TheVillain112 says: Sep 25, 2009 1:26 PM

    There is a more of a chance that he’ll play basketball in Europe then there is of him playing football.

  3. hrmlss says: Sep 25, 2009 1:29 PM

    Where Ego’s are concerned, does it have to make sense? (See 1. Crabtree, Michael, and 2. Snyder, Daniel)

  4. kcchiefs says: Sep 25, 2009 1:31 PM

    Bo Jackson could have been a baseball HOFer? Thats news to me.
    .250 career hitter, 841 career strikeouts compared to 200 walks, 50 RBI and 17 HR per season average, in 8 seasons doesn’t sound like a future HOF. IMO.

  5. Action Dan says: Sep 25, 2009 1:32 PM

    Oh. My. God. Florio has totally lost it.
    This is like CNN posting a headline: Obama Considering Resigning The Presidency and the body of the story telling us that there is absolutely no indication that Obama would resign and it would be the stupidest thing any President could ever do.
    Great “story,” hack.
    I know you’re bored, Mike…. get a hobby (Or hop in your VW and get a new haircut…. PFTV makes my eyes hurt.)

  6. TSE says: Sep 25, 2009 1:32 PM

    He could play both football and basketball.
    You ask WHY he would do it? Simple, money, fame, girls, etc. He could potentially earn a LOT more money if he played football. How do you not see that?

  7. Diggs says: Sep 25, 2009 1:33 PM

    non-story

  8. BrownsBangedYerMom says: Sep 25, 2009 1:35 PM

    There is a better chance of Lebron coming out of the closet than there is of him playing football.
    Did you really have to post this article? Maybe you should have taken a dump instead…same result in the end.

  9. bearsrule says: Sep 25, 2009 1:36 PM

    Even with 2010 likely to be uncapped, allowing any team (the Cowboys) to break the bank for LeBron, there’s no way it would make sense to pay James the kind of money he’d want to play tight end, and there’s no way it would make sense for him to put his basketball career on the back burner…….Gee, Mike, ya think ???? C’mon man, you’re better than this.

  10. NYBearsFan says: Sep 25, 2009 1:36 PM

    It would have been something if he stuck with football instead of basketball. He was an all state selection as a sophomore in HS. Ohio is one of the more competitive HS football states in the country, so obviously the kid had talent. He’s a freak of an athlete and I think it would be fun to watch.

  11. Dustin Chandler says: Sep 25, 2009 1:44 PM

    (the Cowboys)
    just couldn’t go 30 mins without it could ya’?

  12. ALLDAY says: Sep 25, 2009 1:44 PM

    I migth play football to.

  13. L.A. Raiders says: Sep 25, 2009 1:45 PM

    Lebron, worry about winning an NBA title.

  14. Flying elvis says: Sep 25, 2009 1:46 PM

    This story reminds me that it’s been a while since there has been a dual pro sport athlete. To my knowledge.

  15. Fike Mlorio says: Sep 25, 2009 1:46 PM

    i think you should step away from the computer for a few hours and play some nhl 10

  16. Twiz says: Sep 25, 2009 1:56 PM

    Ya know, Florio is not half bad when he writes for Sportingnews.com. Then again, my guess is that they pay him on a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly basis.
    NBC bought PFT for a lump sum and left him in charge, meaning he can post his thoughts, ASSumptions and such here.
    Am I the only one that sees the difference….??????

  17. My Vick In A Box says: Sep 25, 2009 1:56 PM

    Little known fact: LeBron once bred hairless gerbils. In an unrelated story, Richard Gere has been burning thru his Hollywood contacts to get LeBron’s number.

  18. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Sep 25, 2009 1:56 PM

    FWIW.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdMPNIgeuoQ

  19. sim448 says: Sep 25, 2009 1:59 PM

    what the hell is wrong with you lately? you drinking on the job? i just wasted 3 minutes out of my life for that? thank god i am at work.

  20. SoCalSean says: Sep 25, 2009 2:00 PM

    F-

  21. Paul_R. says: Sep 25, 2009 2:05 PM

    TSE says: September 25, 2009 1:32 PM
    He could play both football and basketball.
    You ask WHY he would do it? Simple, money, fame, girls, etc. He could potentially earn a LOT more money if he played football. How do you not see that?
    ______________________________________
    I’m sorry, in this day when the highest salaries have a guarantee of around $40 million? NBA salaries are totally guaranteed. So, Lebron would easily earn more over a 4-year NBA contract than he would over a NFL 6-year contract.
    How do you not see that?

  22. illspaz says: Sep 25, 2009 2:09 PM

    You ask WHY he would do it? Simple, money, fame, girls, etc. He could potentially earn a LOT more money if he played football. How do you not see that?
    ——————
    Money, fame and girls? Seriously?
    One of the most famous men on the planet already, with more money than God… does he really need more? Not to mention he can sleep with practically anyone he wants. And he doesn’t have to sacrifice his body and have his knees and hips replaced at 45 years old like NFL players do.
    How do you not see that?

  23. Kidekk says: Sep 25, 2009 2:20 PM

    I’m sorry, in this day when the highest salaries have a guarantee of around $40 million? NBA salaries are totally guaranteed. So, Lebron would easily earn more over a 4-year NBA contract than he would over a NFL 6-year contract.
    How do you not see that?
    ——————–
    Correction, he could make over $120 million, guaranteed, in 6 years in the NBA with a max contract. He wouldn’t even sniff half of that as a TE in the NFL if he played 12 years.

  24. xacvol says: Sep 25, 2009 2:24 PM

    Yeah, he might play Fantasy Football…thats legit.

  25. stanjam says: Sep 25, 2009 2:28 PM

    Money isn’t everything. LeBron has plenty of money. At some point he might feel more fulfilled by playing football. He doesn’t necessarily need a lot of money to do that. Just because an athlete makes a lot of money doesn’t mean that they will always demand lots of money. It depends on what is important to them. All too often that means money, but for some the money isn’t everything. Look at the players who took substantial pay cuts to play with the Patriots because they wanted a chance at a ring more than money. Perhaps the desire to play football is greater than the chance to make money? Based on what he is saying, this isn’t likely, but it could happen.

  26. birdmancometh says: Sep 25, 2009 2:29 PM

    Football doesn’t have garunteed contracts.

  27. TSE says: Sep 25, 2009 2:36 PM

    Wow some really bad replies to my post-
    Paul -
    I’m not suggesting he gives up NBA for NFL, I’m saying he COULD play both. It’s a MASSIVE amount of more money with little risk relative to the potential gains.
    illpaz – He is very famous, no doubt, but you are a short-sighted person if you think that a person isn’t going to be MORE famous if he can be the next 2 sport start, that’s FAR more legendary than just being an NBA star. What if MJ was as good as Pujols and became a huge baseball star? He failed and it gained him nothing but jokes. BUT IF Lebron can play like he claims he can, then he has massive potential to define a special legacy for himself. He’s not starving for girls, but many women out there would think he’s that much cooler for being a badass in two sports, especially those that are football nuts. More is just that, it’s more and it’s better. There’s LOTS of room for him to gain all kinds of social clout beyond that of impressing more chicks. You have such a limited line of thinking for even rebutting that point.
    You also seem to overestimate the value of his money, it’s a lot but he’s not the richest, and he can get MUCH closer if you factor in ALL the extra money that comes with the extras associated with being a stud-TE that he possibly could be. He’s a man amongst boys with his abilities and his talent. He would likely only take a small number of hits per game, it would hardly be a deterrent to him playing 2 sports if that’s what HE WANTS to do, and if that’s what HE CAN do.

  28. JP says: Sep 25, 2009 2:38 PM

    Don’t you have to have at least 3 years of college to be eligible to play in the NFL?

  29. surefooted says: Sep 25, 2009 2:58 PM

    “Besides, why would the most dominant player in the NBA put his body at risk in his prime, especially as he approaches free agency?”
    Kobe Bryant wants to play football?

  30. TheDudeNH says: Sep 25, 2009 3:06 PM

    I’m normally a fan of Mr. Florio’s PerpetualFavreTalk blog, but I found this article boring…

  31. jimjoesem says: Sep 25, 2009 3:37 PM

    Some day we’ll look back on the posting of this story as the moment PFT JUMPED THE SHARK.

  32. jimjoesem says: Sep 25, 2009 3:38 PM

    Some day we’ll look back on the posting of this story as the moment PFT JUMPED THE SHARK.

  33. TFBuckFutter says: Sep 25, 2009 3:46 PM

    He could probably challenge at QB.

  34. TSE says: Sep 25, 2009 3:49 PM

    JP -
    No, college is not required to play in the NFL. You just have to be 3 years removed from high school. Most people who play in the NFL just choose to play college football during those 3 years as there is nothing else better for them to do to prepare for the NFL, thus that is the natural course.

  35. Abe Froeman says: Sep 25, 2009 4:03 PM

    He would be a receiver you morons.

  36. VoxVeritas says: Sep 25, 2009 4:19 PM

    but any one person only has so much competitive fire… right, Florio?

  37. 4G63 says: Sep 25, 2009 4:19 PM

    LeBron might play football if he wins an NBA Championship…..but I don’t see that happening.
    Plus, he’s definitely NOT the best player in the NBA, which is Kobe Bryant.

  38. L.A. Raiders says: Sep 25, 2009 4:21 PM

    I heard Alex Rodriquez wants to play QB for the Jets.

  39. Tim says: Sep 25, 2009 4:29 PM

    With blogs like this, how can anyone take you serious?

  40. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Sep 25, 2009 5:21 PM

    Did Jordan play baseball for the money? I think he may have made a few dollars playing basketball. I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure his work with the Bulls was not pro bono.
    I’m not saying LeBron’s going to do it.. Just saying some of the biggest competitors want to prove themselves in more than one sport. Hell, look at Shaq Vs.

  41. Shaun Lowrie says: Sep 25, 2009 5:34 PM

    Damn it.
    So I’m flouncing around the house in my new Cowboys LeBron jersey, and then I read this? Apparently this won’t happen? Mike can you be a little more specific with your reasoning because I for one took LeBron’s words at face value, and certainly factored in the uncapped year when making an educated guess as to his likely destination.
    Alternatively, I, like everyone else in the known universe, understood that LeBron was joking… and didn’t… need… the… realities… of… the… situation… pointing… out…?

  42. L.A. Raiders says: Sep 25, 2009 6:32 PM

    Lakers are going to win it all again. Lebron will never get a ring.

  43. Paul_R. says: Sep 25, 2009 7:20 PM

    Kidekk says:
    Correction, he could make over $120 million, guaranteed, in 6 years in the NBA with a max contract. He wouldn’t even sniff half of that as a TE in the NFL if he played 12 years.
    _____________________________________
    Very true. My point was that the max guarantees in the NFL is around $40 million, nowhere near what Lebron would easily earn in the NBA.

  44. Paul_R. says: Sep 25, 2009 7:26 PM

    TSE says:
    Paul -
    I’m not suggesting he gives up NBA for NFL, I’m saying he COULD play both. It’s a MASSIVE amount of more money with little risk relative to the potential gains.
    ____________________________________
    TSE, I’ll be nice. But, look at the NFL and all of the injuries. Would Lebron be wise to put himself at such risk when it could easily impact his (someday) Hall-of-Fame NBA career?
    And, regarding money, Lebron will easily earn massive amounts of money from endorsements (and, he already is). He doesn’t need to have anything to do with the NFL in order to probably eclipse anything Michael Jordan has earned in his career to date. At this point, Lebron James is called “King” because he is the King of sports star earning power. His best and wisest course is to focus solely on the NBA, collect a championship ring or more, and keep on the path to the Hall of Fame. That’ll secure is financial future without worries. Everything else will come with it.

  45. planktonDisciple says: Sep 25, 2009 9:26 PM

    To replace LeBron when leaves hoops to play football will be Wayne Gretzky.

  46. mitybuc says: Sep 26, 2009 8:57 AM

    For the record, Jordan’s had decent success as owner of his own AMA Superbike team.
    That’s kindof a big deal.

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