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.