OPENING HIT: Now, part of what LeBron James did in inquiring about the deadline for a free agent to sign was James being James: an attention w----. That's what he does. James framed the question to make people think he was interested in playing in the NFL. He never will. It will never happen. James was a very good player in high school but he would never risk his trillions of dollars from the NBA for a real job. So, there's that.
Still, I wanted to explore just how good James would be in football. I've written elsewhere there are some personnel men who believe James would be a Pro Bowler at tight end in two to three years a fact I find extremely difficult to believe. But there are league people drooling over the idea of James playing football.
It would be a disaster because of the contact. It's been a while since James was hit and the last time that happened was in high school for him. And don't give me the NBA is physical. The only thing that rivals the NFL in terms of physicality are the fighting sports.
There's also the problem of blocking. If James played tight end he'd have to do the dirty work of trying to knock guys into the dirt. I don't see James possessing the grit to do that.
The biggest reason proponents say it could work is because of his athleticism. Can't argue with that. James would instantly be one of the top five athletes in the NFL. He's quick, strong and agile. He's a better athlete than Gates or Gonzalez--the latter is a definite Hall of Famer the former a close call.
Then again, this is all speculative, because James doesn't possess the guts to really try such a thing, despite his teasing tweet.