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“I Could Make LeBron James an All-Pro Wide Receiver”: Former NFL Tight End Believes Los Angeles Lakers Superstar Would Thrive In The NFL

Ashish Priyadarshi

LeBron James

LeBron James is one of the most gifted basketball players we know. However, could James’ athleticism translate to the NFL?

Former NFL tight end Greg Olsen definitely thinks he could:

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LeBron James As a Wide Receiver?

While it’s so hard to imagine LeBron dominating anything other than basketball, football was never out of the question for the NBA legend.

In high school at St. Vincent Mary’s, LeBron played wide receiver and he was very, very good. He made first team All-State, and there was a real possibility of him joining a College Football Program.

Even after his high school days were over, LeBron still garnered attention from the NFL world. During the 2011 NBA lockout, LeBron was reportedly sought out by multiple teams in the NFL.

Greg Olsen Confident He Could Convert Multiple NBA Athletes

Olsen said that all it would take for LeBron to be an NFL receiver would be one year under his tutelage:

“If I could coach LeBron James for one year, I could make him an All-Pro wide receiver,”

Olsen, however, believed that it didn’t just end with the King. He feels like he could take several NBA household names and bring them over to the Gridiron. For example, he believes Russell Westbrook would thrive at safety:

“There’s no question in my mind. I could turn Russell Westbrook into an All-Pro free safety.”

Olsen’s mentality revolves around the fact that NBA players are so unique with their skill-sets:

“They’re so unique. 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 [talking about LeBron].” .

While we may never see LeBron in the NFL, we do see his love for football all the time in the NBA court. The Lakers are always having fun throwing basketballs around like footballs and catching “touchdowns.”

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About the author

Ashish Priyadarshi

Ashish Priyadarshi


Ashish Priyadarshi is The SportsRush's content manager and editor. Ashish freelanced for 1 year in the NFL division before taking on an editorial role in the company. He then tacked on managing content while adding on a writing role in the NBA division. Ashish has been closely following the NFL and NBA since the 2012 season when the Patriots lost the Super Bowl and Derrick Rose was at the height of his powers. Since then, Ashish has focused on honing his knowledge for both leagues in, even writing crossover pieces. In his free time, Ashish is an avid basketball player, he loves to watch movies and TV shows, immersing himself in the cinematic world. Ashish studies computer science and data science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and would love to mesh his love for sports with his technical skills.

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