Before the 2011-12 NBA lockout season started on Christmas Day, LeBron James considered playing in the NFL. The NBA superstar had a tryout offer from the Dallas Cowboys and received a jersey from the Seattle Seahawks, which was attached to an offer to work out.
Ultimately, James didn’t play in the NFL in 2011 since the NBA began playing again on Dec. 25 and completed the 2011-12 season. LeBron won his first of four championships in the 2012 Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
LeBron James will go down as one of the best players in NBA history, so basketball fans are glad he stayed in the NBA. However, The King recently admitted he would have made an NFL team in 2011 had he played football, and that comment didn’t sit well with former linebacker Bart Scott.
LeBron James was a monster at football in high school
LeBron James didn’t play for the varsity football team during his freshman year of high school until November of 1999. However, once he entered the lineup, The Chosen One made his presence felt.
St. Vincent-St. Mary took on Wickliffe on Nov. 13. James caught two touchdown passes and recorded over 100 receiving yards. That was just the beginning for the Akron native.
As a sophomore in 2000, James caught 42 balls for 752 yards. He was named to the All-State team and began to make a name for himself in football circles.
During his junior season, James racked up 16 touchdowns on 57 receptions for 1,160 yards. Several top colleges recruiting him, but James’ friends didn’t allow him to play football during his senior year since he was projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted LeBron James with the first pick in 2003, and the rest is history. However, the four-time NBA MVP does wonder what would have happened if he stayed with football.
LeBron James is confident he could have played in the NFL
LeBron James seriously considered an offer to try out for the Cowboys in 2011. He adjusted his training regimen and even started running routes again.
One of the greatest athletes we have ever seen, James is confident he could have played in the NFL in 2011.
“I would have made the team,” James told The Athletic. “I would have tried out, but I would have made the team. One thing about it, I don’t mind working for something, so if I would have had to try out for the Cowboys or the Seahawks, or if I’d have stayed home and went back home to Cleveland, I’d have tried (out), but I would have made the team. I just know what I’m capable of doing on the football field. Especially at that age.”
LeBron James is built like Superman. He’s listed at 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds and can jump out of the gym.
Former Pro Bowl linebacker Bart Scott, though, doesn’t care and recently went off on the LA Lakers star for his NFL comments.
Bart Scott to The King: “Are you freaking kidding me man?”
Bart Scott played 11 years in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens and New Jets. He was a violent tackler during his playing days and claims he would have knocked LeBron James out.
“LeBron James would have got a jersey, and he would have came across the middle or went up the seam, whichever way he wanted to go. I would have knocked all the follicles out of his scalp,” Bart Scott said on ESPN. “Are you freaking kidding me man? Come on man. This is football man. We’re in the hurt business. Defensive players are in the hurt business. Man, we would have knocked him back.”
Bart Scott doesn’t appreciate LeBron James’ football comments. The one-time Pro Bowler, who recorded 25.0 sacks during his NFL career, will never get a chance to tackle James since he’s retired and LeBron is dominating in the NBA.