LeBron James was reputedly a great high school football player in northeast Ohio.
That’s pretty easy to believe if you’ve ever seen him barrel down the lane on a drive or sky high for an alley-oop at that size, right?
Urban Meyer has talked about wanting to recruit him before being informed he would be going pro in something other than football.
But what about now?
Could the self-proclaimed King make a late-career switch and return to the gridiron?
Probably not, but that doesn’t mean Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster isn’t going to try.
In fact, he already has started a campaign to make it happen.
Announcing my official campaign to recruit @KingJames to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2018 season. LeBron has done everything in the NBA. He can be the best athlete EVER if he makes the move to the NFL and wins a Super Bowl with Steeler Nation... #LeBronToPittsburgh pic.twitter.com/5VLcjIPpSO— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) March 6, 2018
As far-fetched as this might be, the sales pitch is interesting.
James is without a doubt one of the best basketball players of all time, but that less-than-stellar NBA Finals record has pretty much locked him out of surpassing Michael Jordon for No. 1 in NBA annals.
Maybe he should dream even bigger then?
Even at the age of 33, James could probably do some damage as a supersized receiver — especially in the red zone.
(He might be the size of a tight end, but it’s hard to see him embracing blocking considering how much he complains about contact in the NBA.)
It is not hard to see him being a better pro football player than Jordan was a baseball player, so maybe Smith-Schuster is onto something when it comes to best overall athlete.