That Time Urban Meyer Recruited LeBron James To Play Football (11/9/19)

It is pretty rare for athletes to become household names — usually it’s just the greats like like Michael Phelps, Derek Jeter, or Tom Brady that make it to that elite level. LeBron James is certainly one of those names. LeBron James has been the face of the NBA for about 17 years now and is known for his incredible athleticism on the court. But did you know that Urban Meyer tried to recruit him as a wide receiver?

As it turns out, while Urban Meyer was a wide receiver coach at the University of Notre Dame, he noticed a 6’8″ wide receiver that was known for his extreme athleticism on the St. Vincent Saint Mary high school team. But before Meyer could get an offer out to him, LeBron’s high school coach reminded him that he would not be playing football much longer.

The high school football coach wasn’t too far off, right?

Sure, LeBron was one of the most talented athletes on the football field, but while he was winning games under the friday night lights he was also making highlights on national television in basketball.

After watching some of his football footage, one can see LeBron was a beast — particularly because of his size. The tallest wide receiver to ever play in the NFL was Harold Carmichael who was also 6’8″ and that was in the 70s. If LeBron was in the NFL right now, he would be the tallest wide receiver in the league. To put things really into perspective, Calvin Johnson, a.k.a. “Megatron,” was well-known for his athletic ability to take down opponents because of his size — and he was 6’5″.

The other part that I wonder is how much LeBron’s crazy work ethic has factored into his incredible success in dominating the NBA. If he took that same hard work mentality, would he have dominated other players in the NFL?

I guess we will never know if LeBron would have been a lackluster football player, or named the King of Football. But regardless, history’s proven he made the best decision to go to the NBA…

Or did he?

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