Joe Theismann believes LeBron James would make a wonderful quarterback in the NFL
Jay-Z isn’t the only public figure looking into representing successful athletes. If he could convince King James to try his hand at professional football, Joe Theismann says he would be happy to serve as his agent.
Theismann, the former Washington Redskins quarterback, told a YouWager news source that if James ever seriously considers making the transition from the NBA to the NFL, he’s the guy to help him make it happen. Theismann said, “I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent. 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.”
Some of YouWager’s NFL football wagering enthusiasts have speculated for years the sensational forward for the Miami Heat could set the sports world on fire if he chose to try another career. When he was in high school, James did play some football. At Akron Ohio’s St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, LeBron James, as a freshman, was the team’s quarterback. This was in 1999. In the next two seasons, James played as a receiver. But he quit to concentrate on basketball in 2002. As any sportsbook bettor will admit, that decision clearly played out very well for James.
It’s not that uncommon for the world’s greatest athletes to succeed at more than one sport, of course. Some of the top NFL players also excelled at other sports at a college level. If Michael Jordan can play baseball after basketball, why can’t LeBron James play some football? This sort of speculation could be more than a fun source of distraction for football bettors before the 2013 NFL football betting season gets underway. Imagine a 6-8, 250-pound quarterback. Or receiver. James’ ability to leap tall players, and hang in the air could be a major asset to any NFL team. Of course, the pure celebrity of this kind of crossover might make that Tebomania buzz seem like a high school prep rally in comparison.
When YouWager’s source asked LeBron James about the prospect of becoming an NFL quarterback, he actually seemed enthusiastic about the idea. James said, “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.”
James is just 28 now, and he has every reason to expect more quality years in the NBA. Theismann may have to wait a while.
Unfortunately, after several gigs as an NFL analyst, Theismann told YouWager’s source that he could use the money right now. “I need a job.” Theismann admitted. Then he outlined the kind of skills he could pass on to the NBA star. “The first thing I would do is teach him the snap. Then I’d take him through dropbacks, quick hitches, throwing the deep ball. Wouldn’t that be a great piece of footage to see, LeBron throwing the football? Whether he could play quarterback, that’s one of the great ‘ifs’ in sports.”