Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 6:34 pm  |  59 responses

Nate Robinson: ‘I Might Go Play’ in the NFL

Forget international ball, Nate wants to play football.

by Tzvi Twersky | @ttwersky

Nate Robinson marches to the beat of his own drum. That’s why his unique lockout plans aren’t so surprising.

Whereas many NBA players talk of heading overseas to play internationally if the lockout lingers, Robinson has other ideas.

“I might go play football,” Robinson told SLAM on the phone. “Do something that nobody’s tried to do.”

More than a publicity stunt—see: Chad Ochocinco and soccer—there’s no doubting the 27-year-old’s pigskin pedigree.

The son of a college football player, Robinson initially attended the University of Washington on a football scholarship. The 5-9 Seattle, WA, native blossomed into a first round NBA Draft pick, but not before playing one stellar collegiate season at cornerback for the Huskies.

“If I can, I would love to play football a little bit,” says Robinson less than half-jokingly. “I’ve been doing a little bit of training.”

Though the NFL’s own lockout isn’t quite over, Robinson, who has a year remaining on his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, believes that he’d have no trouble finding his way into some team’s training camp.

“Why wouldn’t you want to have an NBA player that can play football try out? That’s a lot of publicity for your organization.”

In the odd case that the NFL lockout wipes out the entire 2011-12 season, Robinson does have a more run of the mill backup plan.

“If their lockout (the NFL) goes the whole season, then I’m gonna go play basketball overseas.”

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  • LA Huey

    One of the most undisciplined cats in the Association is going to try to play in the sports that requires the most discipline?

  • http://www.slamonline.com blackvictory23

    he’d be a decent cornerback. I’d give him a look if I were a GM

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    So not mad at this.

  • barnabusb

    Sounds like a great idea……until he gets pulverized the first time.

  • Bill Sunday

    I heard the Steelers are looking for a waterboy….

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Maybe LeBron will go play for the Cleveland Browns after all too?

  • Bimmer

    I hope LeBron goes to the NFL permanently

  • Rog23

    “might”? come on SLAM! Don’t feed us this bs!

  • sanman

    The NFL needs more Cheerleaders!

  • asgf

    Hes not even 6 foot. needs to calm his ish.

  • robb

    @asgf Antoine Winfield 5’9″ 180 lbs. DeSean Jackson 5’10″ 175 lbs. Wes Walker 5’9 185 lbs. Trindon Holliday 5’5 160 lbs.Steve Smith 5’9 185 lbs. Nate Robinson is 5’9 183 lbs. and is pretty athletic. Size is not the problem, his problem, as LA Huey said, is discipline.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    “…the NFL lockout isn’t QUIET over”?

  • Jake

    Randy moss, not disciplined, ochocinco, not disciplined,t.o., not disciplined, pacman jones, not disciplined….

  • LB1

    @asgf he played college football so he does have a chance

  • eugene

    I hope the vikings pick him up.

  • http://dfjklfl.com Jukai

    Wouldn’t it just be incredible if Lebron does go to Football, dominants it so immensely that he never comes back to basketball and finishes as the best receiver of all time?
    I’d give it a lol.


    that would be interesting but I wanna see a ring on the King first

  • Groves

    if the NFL lockout continues, go play in the UFL

  • http://yahoo.com Chris Mullin’s Accent

    Nate, Disney’s missing you on the set of Lilo & Stitch.

  • Cdeez

    @jake TO and Ocho have great discipline and work ethic. You can never find someone that will say they don’t try their hardest. They might be distractions but all of Ocho’s teamates love him and all of TO’s teamates must admit he always shows up ready to play. Randy has no type of discipline at all though.

  • http://www.yomamajokes.com LilKDub503

    Ha, you’re really not going to preach discipline for the NFL, especially at cornerback. I know the best have discipline, but most of the cats in the NFL barely took college seriously, and never really took football seriously until deep into their careers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    ….Negro Please.

  • flipnoyce

    I’m sure NATE will be aight when he get the chance to play pro football. He already have a lot of qualities to qualify for that corner back spot. I think he’s more build for football than basketball.

  • robb

    a week from now the NFL lockout will be history, don’t worry.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Nate Robinson is 27 already? Maaaaaan.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    @Jukai: That would be the craziest sh*t ever man! just imagine that I want it to happened.

  • Ronald

    @LikDUb503: This whole discipline crap is a way for people around football to put the sport on the pedestal. As if basketball doesn’t take discipline, heart and work. I always thought he played RB. Guess I was totally wrong.

  • Eddie1

    Nah Nate gonna play 50 cent’s stunt double in tha remake of tha goonyz

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    You guys are confusing off the field/court behavior to what’s required in the actual game? And let’s not be ridiculous, Nate would not be an elite player in the NFL so don’t bring up their names. He’d be a rank-and-file player if he made it. We all know that elite players are afforded the luxury of freelancing and the instant a member of the “supporting cast” go off script they get pulled from the game.

  • Jooshipoo

    lebron to the nfl. dominates, then moves to the nhl. dominates, then plays golf and retires

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Nate would be good cornerback, because of his jumping ablitly to swat passes away, his speed and his power. Some of yall get behavior confused with skill. I can have a bad attitude and still produce on the field. One of my favorite WR’s of all time TO has a bad behavior against teammates sometimes, but still with his stats is ranked as the number 2 WR of all time, with Jerry Rice beating him in the main WR records. Nate the Great. BOOK IT!!

  • Arch

    @Joosh- ye…all wid no chips’

  • James

    Sounds interesting, but Nate should focus on improving his skills so he can get some minutes in the NBA. I like the guy but the way his career is going right now, he may end up playing overseas in a couple of years anyway.

  • Hambone

    As a ball????

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I think he would make a great (horse) jockey..

  • kbj

    be a good for kick off returns (special teams)

  • marc

    @the seed TO has better stats then randy moss? i never knew that

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Wasn’t he a pro football prospect before he decided to give it up?

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  • SikhWitIt

    Why is everyone hating on Nate’s attitude and discipline? You guys are ridiculous. This man, as far as we know, has never even been late to a practice. He is never out of shape. He is always cheering his team on irrespective of how much playing time he is getting. Get off that hater-ade! Nate CAN play in the NFL, I saw him firsthand at Washington and dude is a beast. You will all be eating your words should he decide to do this.

  • bull22

    i bet billy hunter is telling his players to say all this kind of bs to get the fans scared that there might not be a season. go to the nfl then or to opalocka or russia, who cares? when brian urlacher lays one on you, we will see if you want to continue to play football…..

  • LA Huey

    I’m not doubting whether he works hard or whether he comes to practice on time. Ask Doc and D’Antoni, about his on-court discipline. He gambles and drifts too much on defense and puts up heat-checks about as routinely as All-Stars. Nobody’s saying that Nate isn’t a good teammate and I know he’s a good guy.

  • jmill25

    Did you guys not see him play in college? Dude woulda made it to the league if he kept it up, he was just as good at football as basketball, and i haven’t heard any complaints since he’s been on the thunder, he was always cheering everyone on and having a good time and he wasn’t even playing

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  • Ivan M.

    Nate was a Football player,when he first came to Washington! You Guys are sick,with this HATE! Many young Guys played more than one sport,growing up. Allen Iverson was a Quarterback,Nate Robinson got to Washington on a FOOTBALL scholarship,Andre’ Rison was an All-State Point Guard that played on the same team with Glen Rice in High-School,but decided on football instead.How did Andre’ do? They called him CRAZY for not sticking with Basketball,after what him and Glen Rice did in High School! I shouldn’t have to remind you that Hines Ward,Antoine Randel-El,Bo Jackson,Deion Sanders,Antonio Gates,and many others played other sports growing up. Look at Nate,he is very strong,he has a football-players physique,and jumps to the moon! You idiots are laughing at Players,and don’t know ANYTHING about their background;that’s a SHAME! Not that long ago,Blacks were said to not have enough talent or intelligence to play Quarterback,Cornerback,Point Guard,Middle Linebacker,to Coach,so why are you casting doubts about ANYONE!

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  • olden polynice

    I’ve always been a big fan of nate I wanna see him play in the NFL that would be so ILL

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  • Sayitloud

    If I was Nate, I would go for it. I saw him play in college for the Washington Huskies and he played with heart. He is the son of Jacque Robinson, an Orange Bowl MVP, so he has the pedigree. He’s already proved that he is an elite athlete. He will be good at CB and kick-off returns. He is a legit Beast!!!

  • flipnoyce

    Notice all the haters on Nate are mostly BEASTING on their keyboards! FYI to all, NATE was about to be drafted by one football team before he chose to play basketball!NUFF said!

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  • Mark

    I remember watching Nate’s Dad play RB as a freshman in the Rose Bowl vs. Michigan. If my memory’s correct, he might have even been MVP.

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  • rich

    lebron would work better in mls or nhl since they dont have fourth quarters. he

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