LeBron James is a gifted athlete who could excel in just about any sport he wanted to. That includes football, and there was a good shot at him doing just that.

The Athletic recently spoke to King James where he revealed that his 2011 move to the LA Lakers almost didn’t happen. Coming off a hard loss for the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals made him look anywhere else. He actually had NFL tryouts with the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.

James also started changing up his training a bit to make it more football oriented. This obviously didn’t result in him making a jump to pro football, but it was a real possibility.

“I would have made the team. I would have tried out, but I would have made the team. One thing about it, I don’t mind working for something, so if I would have had to try out for the Cowboys or the Seahawks, or if I’d have stayed home and went back home to Cleveland, I’d have tried (out), but I would have made the team. I just know what I’m capable of doing on the football field. Especially at that age [26].”


LeBron James is confident that he could have made an NFL squad, but that didn’t happen for him. He ended up going to the LA Lakers and the rest is history. It also makes you have to wonder how different things would have been if he traded in his ball shorts for shoulder pads.

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H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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