“He Looks Slow for Football”: 6 Feet 9 Inches Tall Lebron James Gets Reality Check From NFL Fans After Twitter Brought Back LBJ’s High School Football Memories

Published 08/27/2022, 7:30 AM EDT

NBA superstar LeBron James has shown his greatness several times on the basketball court, but watching him play on the gridiron is an uncommon experience. Even before establishing his career in basketball, the veteran was a high-school football player. Being one of the tallest guys, around 6’8″, King James became the obvious choice of the coaches. One of his oldest snippets from high school resurfaced, with James rushing down the field for a touchdown. However, fans believe James was never destined to play in the NFL. He was too slow to be a football star.

LeBron James played in the wide receiver position for almost two seasons in high school. Looking at his height and physique, James played in several positions. Sometimes he was also used as a safety and served as the scout team quarterback.


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The prime reason was the incredible athletic ability that helped him out-jump others. James recorded 23 receiving touchdowns during his two seasons in the St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. However, he was sidelined in his senior season due to a finger injury and wanted to save himself for basketball.

In one of the interviews, James mentioned various reasons for leaving football in his high school. “If I would’ve had a better quarterback in high school, I might’ve continued to play football,” James said. “I took way too many hits,” he added. Moreover, the four-time NBA champion revealed that he was once pursued by teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.


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While speaking to the Manning brothers on their popular talk show, James revealed that Jerry Jones and Pete Carroll approached him with a chance to get drafted into the NFL. “It definitely got my blood flowing again, it got my mind raising again thinking about the game of football and being out there on Sundays,” he said on the show.

Fans react to LeBron James playing football at high school

It was a short video snippet shared from the high school matches. James can be seen playing wide receiver for the team. However, the fans believe that he isn’t the best suited for football, and the NBA is his right choice. One user said that he was slow for football.

Another user mentioned that speculating James to become one of the greatest NFL players is false hype.

While this user shared a funny pic of James.

This user joined the conversation saying LBJ was slow for football.

The athleticism on the court doesn’t reflect on the gridiron says this user.

In the NFL, James wouldn’t be famous at all, according to this user.

While this user believes, he was much faster than James.


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With this kind of play, James would incur frequent injuries, says another user.


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If James had played in the NFL, it seems, he wouldn’t have received similar fame and recognition. However, it could have been a unique experience though.

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Deepesh Nair

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Deepesh Nair is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having started his career in journalism as a trending news writer, he has published around 500 articles for various media portals. Although Deepesh comes from a Computer Science background, his fondness for writing has persuaded him to create his career in it.

Edited By: Gurjyot Singh Dadial