Monday, May 27, 2013

Joe Theismann believes LeBron James could play quarterback in NFL

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Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann believes LeBron James could play quarterback in the NFL.

Theismann, 63, who played in the league from 1974-1985, doesn't think the Miami Heat star should abort basketball in favor of football just yet, but rather when the perennial All-Star gets into his late-30s, instead.

“I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent,” Theismann said.  “I’ll go wherever he wants this summer.  He could play another four years in the NBA before seriously trying the NFL. . . .  There are not a lot of 38- or 39-year-old basketball players, but there are 38- and 39-year-old quarterbacks, so there’s always time for him.”

Many have wondered whether James could have had a successful career in the NFL.

“I wouldn’t count him out,” Theismann said.  “He’s the most tremendous physical specimen in all of sports.  I think he’s certainly talented enough.  He’s intelligent.  He’s like the quarterback on the Miami Heat, but there are so many things [to being an NFL quarterback].

“There’s reading defenses. There’s throwing the ball with touch. There’s throwing a spiral in the wind.  Maybe his hands are too big.  The football is a different shape, and a basketball is obviously a lot bigger than a football.”

Asked why he is so eager to help James, Theisman exclaimed: "I need a job."

Via Pro Football Talk

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