LeBron James is one of the best athletes in the world. He runs with as much grace as a deer, but has power like an oncoming freight train. His combination of finesse and strength is otherworldly, and it has helped him become one of the greatest players in NBA history.
With James’s extraordinary athleticism, it’s not surprising that Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer tried to recruit him to play football for Notre Dame when Meyer was the wide receivers coach for the program.
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Meyer ventured to Akron, Ohio, James’s hometown, to recruit the former St. Vincent-St. Mary High School star. James played football for the Fighting Irish in high school, but he had decided not to continue his gridiron career in college. As all the world knows, the two-time NBA champion was a high school basketball phenom, becoming arguably the most highly recruited high school athlete ever.
Though James pursued a career in basketball, he could have easily chosen football. In his sophomore and junior years, he was an all-state wide receiver. But then he hung up his spikes. He didn’t play football as a high school senior.
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The four-time NBA MVP has also drawn comparisons to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is arguably the best tight end in the NFL. One NFL general manager attested to James’s athleticism, telling Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman that “he would’ve been Rob Gronkowski before Rob Gronkowski. No one would be able to cover him. He would have set records every season.”
James certainly would have been a tough matchup for NFL cornerbacks. At 6-feet-8 and 250 pounds, he still moves like an agile running back.
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