Lebron James… Future NFL Star?

Could it be possible?

James has caused stir all over the media and blogs by saying “I could be really good at football if I dedicated myself to it full time.”  Even saying that he could be a star in the NFL.  To some this idea sounds ridiculous; to others they could totally envision it.

Back in the day... Lebron playing high school football

While in high school at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, OH Lebron played three seasons of varsity football.  In each season he gradually improved.  As a freshman he split time between being a quarterback and wide-receiver.  As a sophomore and junior he played solely wide-receiver.  As a sophomore he amassed 42 receptions, 820 yards and 7 touchdowns.  As a junior his numbers nearly doubled; he caught 61 passes for 1,245 yards and 16 touchdowns.  That year he earned all state honors and was invited to participate in the annual U.S. Army All American Bowl – which features the nation’s top football prospects.

During his senior season he did not take part of the football team and dedicated himself solely on basketball, which we all know how well that decision turned out for him.  At 24 he’s already accumulated numerous NBA hardware including – Rookie of the Year honors, 5-time NBA-All Star, 3/2-time NBA First/Second Team, 2-time NBA All Defensive First team & NBA Most Valuable Player last year.

There’s no denying that Lebron is as gifted basketball player as we’ve ever seen, but what if he had tried to play football?  At 6’8” and 250 lbs Lebron would have been the biggest and strongest receiver in the NFL.  I think that his 4.9 second 40 yard dash is a bit slower than the average NFL receiver but imagine putting him as a split Tight End/Wide Receiver? He definitely would have been a forced to be reckoned with.

Lebron - WR Browns?

Yet, could Lebron play both at this point in his career?  I believe it might be a little hard to attempt to play two professional sports at the same time.  He would have to choose either/or, not both.

What are your thoughts, do you believe that Lebron would be a great football player or should he just dedicate himself to basketball?

In the meantime, we have this State Farm commercial, which envisions Lebron as player on the Cleveland Browns.  If the Cavs ever have an off day on a Sunday, Lebron should definitely make his way down to the stadium, because at 1-8 they could most definitely use his help even if he hasn’t played since high school.

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It’s Wade’s World! Dwayne Wade’s Dunk Over Anderson Varejao

Wade & Lebron

Possible teammates in 2010?

 

Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers traveled to Miami to face the Heat.  It was a  game  that many NBA and sports fans were looking forward too because of the two superstars facing each other that night.  Dwayne Wade of the Heat and Lebron James of the Cavs.  Let me say, the game most definitely lived up to the hype and so did the two main superstars.

Lebron’s 34 points helped the Cavs come away with the victory 110-104, but Dwayne Wade did his part in South Beach.  He finished the game with 36 points and one monstrous dunk.  Even Lebron was impressed.  “It was great, probably top 10 all-time,” James said. “That was an unbelievable play by a great player.”

We’ve only been 2 weeks into this very young NBA season, but this will definitely be one of the top dunks this year.  Without further ado, see the video below of Wade’s Dunk on 6’10” Cavs forward Anderson Varejao.

What do you think?  Do you agree with Lebron that this dunk will probably be Top 10 all time?

Whether it’s top 10 all time or just this year – Wade’s dunk was simply amazing!

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day!

Thank you to all the men & women who have sacrificed for our freedom.

This post has nothing to do with sports; but I wanted to take a moment and show gratitude to all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

On November 11, 2009 we celebrate Veterans Day across the U.S.  The significance of Veteran’s Day is to pay tribute to America’s veterans for their patriotism and readiness to serve and sacrifice for the United States and it’s people.

So today, if you know anyone who has sacrificed and served or serves our country – make sure to say Thank You!

This isn’t just a game… It’s an all out battle! New Mexico vs. BYU Women’s Soccer

In last week’s BYU vs. New Mexico conference tournament match, a full on attack was launched by New Mexico defender Elizabeth Lambert.  In the clip below you can see Lambert resort to some very, very physical play on BYU players.  Some call it unsportsmanlike, others call it tough play.  I think I’m going to have to go with the first one.

Look, as a former soccer player who competed at a collegiate level you’re definitely going to have some dirty play, but I’ve never seen so much in just one game.  What makes it worst is that the referees were oblivious to all the plays that Lambert was involved in.  Throughout the game she had rough tackles, threw some elbows, and even a take down on BYU Forward Kassidy Shumway by pulling her down to the ground by her pony tail.

The video of this game has become a media sensation.  Shown on USA Today, PerezHilton.com & even TMZ.  In response to the negative attention that the New Mexico women’s soccer team has received they have decided to suspend defender Elizabeth Lambert indefinitely.

BYU vs. NM - Take Down

Fair play or dirty play?

In a quote acquired via espn.com, New Mexico coach Kit Vela said “Liz is a quality student-athlete, but in this instance her actions clearly crossed the line of fair play and good sportsmanship.”

In her defense Elizabeth said, “I let my emotions get the best of me in a heated situation. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept any punishment felt necessary.  This is in no way indicative of my character or the soccer player that I am. I am sorry to my coaches and teammates for any and all damages I have brought upon them. I am especially sorry to BYU and the BYU women’s soccer players that were personally affected by my actions. I have the utmost respect for the BYU women’s soccer program and its players.”

I respect the decision by Coach Vela, Lambert’s actions were totally inappropriate and her penalty is just.  I anticipate that by next season Lambert will probably be reinstated by Coach Vela.  I just hope she and other players learned their lesson, hard and emotional play is tolerated; dirty and unsportsmanlike is definitely not.