While watching the Ohio State vs Wisconsin college football game last night on Saturday, September 28, 2013, I heard LeBron James tell ESPN's sideline reporter Heather Cox that he liked football better than basketball.
LeBron was at Ohio State for the game, and he told Cox during a sideline interview that he loved the sport (football) more than basketball. He also said his recent wedding was fantastic, and the day went way too fast.
LeBron James was a star football player in high school
As most LeBron James fans know, LeBron played wide receiver for his high school football team, St. Vincent-St. Mary's in Akron, in addition to playing basketball. LeBron was all-state in football during his sophomore year, which is a big deal in the football crazy state of Ohio.
LeBron led the football team to the state semifinals in his junior year, but he couldn't play football as a senior because he broke his wrist playing in a basketball game before the football season started.
My friends and I have often speculated on whether or not LeBron James could have played football professionally in the NFL. We all agree that he would definitely have been a scholarship football player for a major college team if he had chosen to play football.
LeBron James would probably have made the NFL had he pursued football
LeBron James is 6' 8" tall and weighs around 250 lbs. He is a great athlete with pretty good speed and I think he could probably have been a pretty good tight end in the NFL. He certainly has the build of a football player, but given the nature of football, especially injuries, LeBron James probably made the right decision to play basketball in the NBA.
As we all heard on Saturday night at the Ohio State game, though, LeBron James loves the sport of football more than basketball. That certainly doesn't mean LeBron doesn't like basketball, he just said that he loves football more.
If LeBron had played football in the NFL he would have been one of the tallest players ever. The tallest player to ever play in the NFL was 7' tall, and he was a defensive end. The tallest tight end on NFL history was 6' 10" tall, and he was a pretty good player, as he averaged 18.1 yards per catch in his career.