Here we go. Former Washington Redskins quarterback, and two-time pro bowler, Joe Theismann, believes that LeBron James could be an NFL quarterback when he is done with basketball, and Joe believes he could train James to do so.
Now, please don’t let my lack of enthusiasm guide your personal opinion about this, but how about no.. Yes, LeBron James is the NBA’s most elite player, and yes, James is an incredible athlete, and probably could make a fantastic quarterback during a backyard game, or perhaps in an Arena Football game somewhere, but not in the NFL. Furthermore, who says James is ever going to be done with basketball? I mean, sure, he’ll hang ‘em up one day, but by the time that day comes along, and he’s not even good enough to play in the NBA (his main sport) anymore, who says that would be a great time to try and switch to a different pro sport? Apparently Joe Theismann.
“I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent,” Theismann said in a phone interview Saturday with FOX Sports Florida. “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.”
Joe’s idea that LeBron would give up the NBA in four years to pursue a career in the NFL is completely goofy, if you ask me. LBJ could be sitting on the verge of 4, or 5, or maybe even 6 NBA championships by then, and countless more MVP’s (he already has 4 of those), so if and when LeBron gets to that point in his career, what would make Theismann believe that he would just toss his hands in the air, say “the hell with it”, and switch career choices at the age of 32?
James seems to think he could have been a pretty good QB, had he stuck with it, but even he’s probably getting a good chuckle over this whole statement from Joe.
“I think so,” said James. “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.”
This entire idea strikes me as laughable.