New Orleans Saints star defensive end Cam Jordan knows the toughness it takes to play week in and week out in the NFL. Does he think one of the NBA’s greatest players can cut it?
With live sports on hiatus amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of fun “what-ifs” and “what could have beens” have surfaced to get a good sports dialogue going. One of the more recent ones surrounds NBA great LeBron James and whether or not he could have been a successful tight end or wide receiver in the NFL given his size and athletic ability. Saints star’ Cam Jordan chimed in on the debate.
Widely regarded as one of the best athletes of all-time, James had a football career in high school. He played 2 years at St. Vincent-St. Mary before solely focusing on his basketball career, a career that is already all-time great and one that he is still building legacy upon.
James admitted he gave his football career a second thought during the 2011 NBA lockout.
Recently sitting down to do an interview with Uninterrupted, James admitted that not only did he train for a football comeback, but that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones actually offered him a contract.
James, of course, never stepped foot on an NFL field as the NBA season would return and James would go on to win a championship with the Miami Heat that same year.
The always outspoken Saints star Cam Jordan was asked whether or not he thought LeBron could be successful had he chosen the NFL route.
Jordan for his part knows a little something about the tight end position. His father, Steve Jordan, was a six-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Minnesota Vikings. When asked to weigh in, Cam had this to say.
Jordan was quick to admit that if James lined up across from him, “It’s probably over for him”, though he did suggest a couple of ways James may have some success. Jordan later took to his Twitter to clarify that he would love to see LeBron play football, but some aspects may be too difficult for him.
Having played 10 years so far in the NFL, New Orleans Saints Cam Jordan knows the mental and physical toughness it takes to be an NFL player. While some have made the successful transition from basketball to football from the likes of Tony Gonzales, Antonio Gates, and Jimmy Graham, they are few and far between.
It may be best LeBron stays in the NBA, because if he had to line up on Sundays against the Saints, Michael wouldn’t be the only Jordan he’d have to worry about.