Kevin Durant is blessed with a treasure trove of athletic ability perfectly built for basketball. He’s seven feet tall, yet moves like a point guard. He can shoot the 3 and knock down the mid-range jumper. His extra long limbs let him bound from one side of the basketball court to the other in just a few steps.
Usually, when you’ve got that kind of natural athleticism, other sports come naturally too. Despite the fact that KD’s weight of 240 pounds is evenly dispersed on his elongated frame, making his body look slender, it’s not hard to imagine the Washington, D.C. native excelling on the football field as a wide receiver or quarterback, like he did when he crashed a local flag football game during the 2011 NBA lockout.
What Durant couldn’t be, despite his unwavering confidence, is a pass rusher. His hopes of one day skittering past an offensive lineman on his way to sack the quarterback were quickly dashed by his friend, Devin Tyler, a former NFL and CFL lineman, in 2014, when Durant attempted to beat him in a one-on-one pass rushing battle and failed miserably.
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Notice how much confidence Durant has as he starts. He thinks getting by Tyler will be as easy as dunking on an undersized rookie. Durant fires out of his stance to the right but is immediately rebuffed by Tyler. Then he tries a fake spin move, going 180 degrees before turning back the other way in an attempt to fake Tyler out. That fails too. Finally, Tyler shoves Durant to the ground, and the play is over.
It’s safe to say Durant won’t be lining up on the defensive side of the ball in a Washington Redskins uniform any time soon.