LeBron James played football in highschool but eventually gravitated towards basketball, a sport in which he became a superstar. Despite choosing another sport as his career, Lakers star remains a huge fan of football. At one point during his professional career he even considered joining an NFL team during the NBA lockout.
According to Travis Kelce, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, James has what it takes to be a football star. The 2019 Super Bowl champion remembered seeing college basketball players trying to transition to football. One thing that stuck with in particular was the way those players run— on their toes and not making big strides. Meanwhile James, according to Kielce is doing the way that would translate very well into football.
“1,000 percent man,” Kelce said on The Old Man & The Three podcast hosted by recently retired NBA player JJ Redick, via Peter Deway of Lakers Daily. “His athleticism just translates so well onto the football field. Not a lot of — the one thing that I’ve experienced being in the tight end room in Kansas City is we’ve actually had three, four guys come into the building as basketball — from just playing like straight college basketball and trying to make the transition into the tight end room cause the skill sets match up so well.”
“The biggest thing that I’ve seen is just guys in basketball are always on their toes, even when they’re sprinting, they’re on their toes, they’re not really taking big strides. And that’s one thing that I’ve seen out of LeBron. His strides are enormous when he’s running. And he knows how to play with acceleration, deceleration and things like that to kind of have his own tempo throughout the game.
“I think all of that stuff would translate perfectly onto the field. He’d probably just be the LeBron James of the NFL instead of the LeBron James of the NBA.”