Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players ever.
But what if James took the football route instead? He was a first-team all-state wide receiver while playing for St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, and if he had decided to continue playing in college, there’s no doubt about it that he would have had an opportunity to play in the NFL.
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Retired NFL tight end Greg Olsen is sold on James being an elite-level player in pro football — even now at 36 years old.
“If I could coach LeBron James for one year, I could make him an All-Pro wide receiver,” Olsen said on Colin Cowherd’s podcast “The Volume.” “There’s no question in my mind. I could turn Russell Westbrook into an All-Pro free safety.”
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Olsen believes there are other players who could make a similar transition as well.
“They’re so unique,” he said. “But there’s few and far between (with) those guys. But yes, I do think he can play NFL wide receiver. For how long? I think he’d be stupid to stop playing basketball and come play football. But yes, I do think he could in the short term.”
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James is currently in his 18th NBA season. He is averaging 25.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 1.1 steals for the Lakers, who as of Tuesday, have a 24-13 record and sit in third place in the Western Conference.