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LeBron James considered move to NFL during 2011 lockout, received contract offer from Cowboys

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It’s one of those perfect philosophical sports questions: how great of an NFL player would LeBron James be? Would he be a quarterback? Defensive tackle? Tight end or wide receiver seems like it may be the best fit. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said recently that he thinks James may have been the best NFL player of all-time.

“I really believe if LeBron James had to play football, he may have been the greatest football player ever,” Rivers said.

James was a high school wide receiver, and eventually stopped to focus on playing basketball. On his UNINTERRUPTED podcast, After Party, James was asked by Paul Rivera if he seriously considered playing football during the 2011 NBA lockout, which lasted 161 days.

It was more than just a passing thought, according to James.

Of course, that notion of James as a football player has already been conceived, with him becoming a member of the Cleveland Browns:


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