Lebron James is a well-known Dallas Cowboys fan, often attending games and tweeting about the team. Many fans from around the world believe he could transition to the NFL and play tight end.
On Monday, he was asked on “Uninterrupted” about the possibility of playing in the NFL in 2011 when the NBA was in the midst of a lockout. James said, “I had no idea how long the lockout was going to be, and myself and my trainer…we really started to actually train to be a football player.”
At 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds, LeBron had the potential to be successful on the football field. Maverick Carter, James’s longtime friend and business partner, even admitted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones offered James a contract. However, the details of that contract remain unknown.
James never went to college, opting to go straight to the NBA from high school. In high school, he was an all-state wide receiver and was recruited by Notre Dame and Ohio State. However, he didn’t play football in his senior year due to a wrist injury, and went on to be selected first overall in the 2003 NBA Draft.
While James trained to improve his 40-yard dash time, bench press, and sled work, the lockout ended. James would win his first NBA championship that year with the Miami Heat.
Lebron James will never wear a Cowboys uniform, but Jerry Jones and Cowboy fans will always wonder what could have happened if he did. He could have played alongside top talent like Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. James said, “I have dreams all the time about playing football,” but those dreams will have to remain dreams.