Super Bowl 2024: Dre Greenlaw’s Unfortunate Achilles Injury has LeBron James Praying

Published 02/11/2024, 10:39 PM EST

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In the highly anticipated Super Bowl 2024 clash between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, linebacker Dre Greenlaw faced a devastating setback early in the game. During the starting minutes of the second quarter, in an unpredictable incident, Greenlaw suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. The unfortunate event unfolded with 9:16 remaining in the second quarter, as Greenlaw sprinted onto the field after a punt.

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Immediately tending to his injured leg, the potential loss visibly shook Greenlaw’s teammates. Swiftly responding to the distress, trainers rushed to the scene, and Dre was escorted to the locker room for a thorough evaluation. Amidst the mix of hope and sorrow, LeBron James took to Twitter to express his sentiments. Responding to a video of Greenlaw’s injury, James extended his wishes for a speedy recovery, emphasizing, “UNREAL MAN!!! Prayers to Dre Greenlaw. An absolute BEAST.”

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Initially, there was optimism regarding Dre’s potential return. However, considering the severity of the injury, the 49ers officially ruled him out for the remainder of the game, making the announcement shortly before halftime. A key figure in the 49ers’ defense, Greenlaw had amassed an impressive 120 tackles during the regular season. Dre Greenlaw’s absence was keenly felt by the squad as the game unfolded.

The 49ers’ 10-3 lead quickly turned into a 13-10 deficit in the third quarter. As the fourth quarter unfolded, with just 2 minutes remaining on the clock, both teams leveled the score at 16-16, igniting a fiery climax to the game.

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Seated in the stands at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium, James personally witnessed the Super Bowl action unfold. His commendable comments and well-wishes for the linebacker’s swift recovery stem from his firsthand experience of the incident.

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LeBron James could have been part of the NFL

Before LeBron James embarked on his basketball journey, he harbored a deep love for football, showcasing his skills on the field even before pursuing his NBA dreams. His field skills earned him the title of an All-State player in his sophomore year. Moreover, the football world took notice, as Urban Meyer, coach at Notre Dame, followed to recruit him.

In 2011, amid the NBA’s lockout season, James, who was training his body to be football-oriented, had a shot at his NFL dreams. During an appearance on ESPN’s ‘Uninterrupted,’ he disclosed that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones presented a contract possibility. However, that wasn’t the lone offer on the table. In 2022, during the Manning MegaCast, James unveiled that the Seattle Seahawks also extended a deal alongside the Dallas Cowboys.

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Contemplating his alternate fate more than a decade ago raises the intriguing question: could James have sustained the same level of endurance in the NFL as he currently flaunts in the NBA? Moreover, could he have paved the way to play in one of the Super Bowls?

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