LeBron James Reveals the Two NFL Offers He Received During 2011 NBA Lockout and How He Still Keeps Those Jerseys

Published 09/27/2021, 10:10 PM EDT
Lebron James of USA during the Mens Basketball Preliminary Round, Group A match between USA and Tunisia as part of the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games at the Basketball Arena, Olympic Park, London, England, UK on August 31st, 2012. Photo: Gary Prior/Visionhaus (Photo by Ben Radford/Corbis via Getty Images)


Whenever discussing the amalgamation of NBA with NFL, two recent names that come to mind are Allen Iverson and LeBron James. While the former is retired and far from competing, the latter proudly remains. Many still wonder if King James would ever reconsider donning a football uniform ever again.

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Back in his school days, The Akron Hammer was on the verge of choosing the gridiron over the hardcourt. He was the first-team All-State wide receiver during his time in St. Vincent-St. Mary School. But the course of life took him off that path and pushed him into the balling line and the rest is history. But did LeBron ever think of coming back to football? Yes!

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LeBron James reveals the NFL offers he had on his table

Back in the year 2011, the NBA went on an infamous five-month lockout from July till December. The CBA expiration negotiations forced a stoppage on the game and left the players with an uninvited off-season. This allowed some NFL names to contact LeBron James and lure him back to the game.

As the L-Train revealed in a recent interview, “That’s true, Jerry Jones offered me a contract. Also, Pete Carroll did as well, in Seattle during our lockout time.” Now, many already knew that the Dallas Cowboys owner did contact the NBA legend, but the revelation about the Seattle Seahawks head coach is something new.

And yet, Bron had to give up both the offers because his priorities and obligations were different. As he added, “It definitely got my blood flowing again, my mind racing again, thinking about the game of football, been out there on Sundays. But we were able to get a deal done in the NBA and I was back on the court in no time, but I definitely thought about it. But I still got the jersey too, that Jerry and Pete sent me from 2011.”

Just imagine if Bron would’ve taken one of the offers, how hugely would it affect everything.

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Why does LBJ in the NFL make sense?

Former Packers safety Mark Murphy (also a defensive coordinator at Bron’s school), once rated LeBron James along the lines of James Lofton, Jerry Rice, and Steve Largent. He was a gifted athlete and performer and his basketball game points towards the same.

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May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots as Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) moves in to defend during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron is an elite playmaker, and everyone knows how his vision and passing skills are uncomparable. The 6’8” man has a 44-inch vertical jump and his lob passes are powerful enough to comfortably span the basketball court. Not just as a wide receiver, in fact, he can be more impactful as a quarterback if he chose to get down to it.

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And even today, Bron is fit enough to walk in the shoes of Tom Brady and make a transition if he ever decides to. This will again put him in a comparison with Michael Jordan, who left the NBA for Minor League Baseball in 1993.

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So what do you think, would Bron ever play pro-football? Help us know your prediction in the comments below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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