Rank 'Em: Best Potential Football Players
Created: May 22, 2009, 10:44 AM
Is LeBron James the best potential football player on our list?
Yes, even the face of the NBA had dreams of playing in the NFL one day. James was an all-state wide receiver in high school, utilizing his size, speed and vertical leap to great effect. He very well may have been able to make a career out of playing football, but would he be the best out of the players we've selected here?
There's no dearth of pure athletic talent outside the NFL. LeBron's traditional rivals -- Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard -- would be terrors on the gridiron. Players like Carl Crawford and Jose Reyes seem tailor-made to catch (or intercept) passes. Joe Mauer, Grady Sizemore and Adam Dunn all were talented quarterbacks, with Dunn even making the Texas Longhorns' squad. Allen Iverson did a little bit of everything in his high school football career, whether throwing bombs, intercepting them or delivering crushing hits.
We haven't even mentioned how Tiger Woods' competitiveness and focus, or Rafael Nadal's quickness, or Usain Bolt's speed would translate. Just because an athlete doesn't patrol center field or drive to the basket doesn't mean he lacks what it takes to play in the NFL.
Which of these players would make the best NFL pro? Cast your vote now!
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