LeBron James was an all-state receiver as a sophomore and junior in high school, and there are a bunch of people who truly believe that he would’ve excelled on the football field if he continued on that route.
“I think LeBron could come in and do better than Antonio Gates,” Randy Moss said of James in 2009.
That nearly became a reality two years after that comment from Randy Moss after it was revealed in a podcast on Uninterrupted with Paul Rivera and Maverick Carter that James got a contract offer from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in 2011.
James said he and trainer Mike Mancias began preparing his body for football in 2011 because of the NBA lockout.
“I know he got a contract from Jerry Jones,” Carter said, “that he framed and put in his office.”
“The thoughts came into my mind,” James said. “I had no idea how long the lockout was going to be. And myself and my trainer, Mike Mancias, we really started to actually train to be a football player when it came to like October and November. We started to clock our times with the 40s. We started to add a little bit more in our bench presses and things of that nature. We started to add more sled into our agenda with our workouts.”
The NBA lockout eventually ended in December where James would win MVP that season as well as the NBA Finals.
Just add this to a list of “what if?” stories in sports.
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