LeBron James says he had two NFL offers in the 2011 NBA lockout

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is without a doubt one of the greatest players in the history of basketball. But when two NFL opportunities were presented to him during 2011 NBA lockout, James said he “seriously considered” it.

During a recent interview with The Athletic, James said he thought he was good enough to play in the NFL and he had invitations from Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks to try for each team.

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If he ended up playing football, James knows exactly what would have happened.

“I would have made the team,” James said Athletics. “I would have tried it, but I would have created the team. One thing I know, I do not mind working for anything, so if I would have had to try the Cowboys or Seahawks, or if I have been home and went home to Cleveland, I would have tried, but I would have made the team.

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“I just know what I’m capable of doing on the football field. Especially at that age.”

James was a star-studded recipient in St. Louis. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. He reportedly received recruitment letters from Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida and South Carolina, among others.

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Present Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer was the broad receiving coach at Notre Dame at the time, and James mentioned that he was trying to recruit him to be part of the struggling Irishman.

“Urban Meyer recruited me,” James added. “I think at the time he was the broad receiving coach at Notre Dame. So yes, I kept getting recruited by all the big schools.”

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James, who was 26 at the time, starred in Miami heat. The heat lost to Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, and the start of the next season was postponed to December due to lockout, which was a process that lasted a total of 161 days.

James led the Heat to the NBA Championship in 2012 and 2013.

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