Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  64 responses

Pete Carroll Playfully Recruiting LeBron James to the NFL

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The NBA lockout has given teams in other hoops leagues around the world a chance to woo basketball’s biggest stars, and with no end in sight to the current labor fight, other sports are even trying to get in on the action.

All this week, LeBron James and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll have been publicly flirting with one another on Twitter, with Carroll playfully recruiting James to join his football team.

Pete Carroll took things to another level last night, by showing the Miami Heat forward (and the rest of the world) a customized LeBron Seahawks jersey he had made.

Fox Sports looks into the back-and-forth between player and coach:

James may not have meant anything by the tweets he sent out Tuesday asking about NFL free agency, but his messages still got the attention of at least one NFL head coach. Late Tuesday night, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sent LeBron the following message: “Hey @KingJames are you aware of what the League’s rookie minimum is?” LeBron responded a short time later, telling the second-year NFL head coach, “yeah more than what I’m making now Coach.”

The banter continued with Carroll asking James, “I kinda think of you as a touchdown maker but is it true you think of yourself as a pass rusher?” and James responding, “TD maker for sure!” Wednesday morning, Carroll picked the conversation back up, suggesting that James work out at the University of Miami football facility. Then Carroll upped the ante even more Wednesday night, when he sent James a photo of a custom-made No. 1 Seahawks jersey with the name “LeBron” stitched across the back. (James later responded, “Nice!! Looks great.”)

Despite playing the game of football back in high school, it’s probably beyond unlikely that LeBron James would risk injury (and humiliation) by stepping on to an NFL field. But it’s fun to contemplate the idea of LBJ trying to haul in a few touchdowns.

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  • http://360special.blogspot.com dev0

    do it

  • Zack

    I doubt King James would get “humiliated” in the NFL.

  • Lloyd

    He would get completely humiliated. He’s barely tough enough in a soft league (NBA), he’d get destroyed in the NFL. However, if he rose to the challenge and toughened up playing there, he may develop that extra edge to finally get a ring playing his main sport!

  • Yesse

    Would be quite dope.

  • orl.chris

    This might make the Seahawks watchable.

  • Jake

    Lol id love to see ray Lewis smash in to him over the middle

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER


  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    lebron is bigger and and just as fast as most of those guys. so what u saying??


    lol lbj would get smashed than cry than form a good team with the best nfl players just to get a chip lmao



  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    While I wouldn’t expect Lebron to be the next Antonio Gates…you people speak about the dude like he’s built like Kevin Durant. I’m pretty certain dude could take a hit.

  • bike

    I would use him on only on short yardage end zone plays. Just toss a jump ball into the end zone and have LeBron go up after it. No way anyone is going to outjump a guy with his height, weight, and leaping ability.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Co Sign Eboy. I don’t think a 6 foot 200 pound safety is going crush a 6’8 260 pound dude. I think Lebron would be outstanding on the football field, he’s fast as hell and can jump.

  • http://slamonline.com LA Huey

    He’s at least 6 foot 8 and 260 lbs. Dude might not like taking hits but I wouldn’t doubt he could take a few of them.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    the first guys who commented are out of their mind… lebron would be fine getting hit. He could’ve gone to the nfl easily apparently.. I think he’d be at least decent out there.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER


  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    ^^See Gates, Antonio If you are exceptionally good at other sports, why on earth would you play football? You say people choose other sports like its not the smart thing to do.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    When did the NFL become a “tough” league. You must not have watched an NFL game lately, defenders can’t even touch receivers and QBs without a flaq and a fine. Futbol has become tougher than the National Flag-football League.

  • T-Money

    and wide receivers are not tough. guys like hines ward are the minority.

  • http://whogotjazz@twitter.com MIGZ

    why would the jersey say lebron and not james i didnt know we were in europe and he should stay #6 that number looks nasty in football wordith!

  • Zack

    Antonio Gates played no college football at all and he’s one of the best in the league. Also, this Jimmy Graham guy, running around killing wearing black and gold. He played one year of college football…

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    TY how many college bball players just jumped to football and were successful?? antonio gates is a great example. i believe tony gonzalez hooped too. imagine lebron with CRAZY athleticism. yall just hating

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Anybody remember Julius Peppers?

  • T-Money

    and i’d add that jimmy graham was a complete bum on the basketball court. no coordination, no skills at all. joel anthony 2.0.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    yknot I do. you can make more money playing basketball and it hurts less sure… but in a pinch I’d bet lebron would be nasty at football.

  • http://www.slamonline.com peter

    it’s one thing to be big and athletic, it’s another to be willing to take a hit…I imagine no matter how fast and strong you are it would be difficult to catch a pass with the knowledge that there are 3 equally fast and strong people trying to knock your head off unless you had some appetite for contact. The fact that Antonio Gates and Julius Peppers are successful has no relevance.

  • http://slamonline.com the sperminator

    lebron will b a f**kn beast on dha football field, yall ni**as jus hating ,put lebron in some pads nd i bet he’ll turn whoeva team he get on season around jus like dhat, dhats lebron man dude is athletic nd iknw for a fact he can do , he can take hits ,

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Actually it does. People were saying the same things about AGates, could he take a hit, is he tough enough to play in the NFL? Look at him now, on his way to being the greatest TE of all-time. AGates is the perfect example.

  • David Moore

    If the Seahawks wanted to get some NBA talent, then they should’ve signed Nate Robinson. He has college football experience, unlike LeBron. Not knocking LeBron, but you have to go with the guy who’s more qualified for the job. #IMO

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER


  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Experience doesn’t always mean qualified tho. There are plenty of athletes that have played 4 years of college sports and have absolutely sucked on the professional level. I don’t think you would sign LeBron and ask him to go out there running routes all over the field. Stick him out there on 3rd and long, or in the red zone and throw jump balls to him.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I love how we constantly and passionately debate things that will NEVER EVER happen, on this site. Really makes the day go by.

  • Zack

    What make’s Nate Robinson “more qualified” for the job?? He played corner in college, he’s way too short to even be a threat. Nate vs Megatron? Be forreal. Hell, Mike Wallace would cook Nate for that matter. But I guess this is what the lockout does to us… No NBA, let’s argue about NFL then.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    Cosign dfrance.
    Lebron would be a force on the football field.
    But he will never do it because he would risk his basketball career everyday he plays. I’m thinking of a deep tackle that would kill his knees.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Caveman, AGates only ever played HS football. No CFB at all and he’s an all-pro his second season.

  • http://sajkflf.com Jukai

    Let’s not assume Lebron would be great… but let’s not assume he would be humiliated. Too big, too fast, just use him as a wide receiver and if he hates taking hits that much, he’ll just run out of the field a lot.
    No one is saying he is gonna be a pro bowl selection, but it’d be fun to see regardless.

  • JTaylor21

    I would Love To Have Lebron’s Jock Strap And hang it on a wall in my bedroom

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Fade routes. FADE ROUTES.

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    It’s no different from the NBA.. LeBron would be the best athlete in the game every time he steps on the field.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    Farmer Jones’ made an appearance!
    if lebron plays football, he may as well wear a target on him. any player on the field would love to make a name for destroying him. then ask him for an autograph and picture afterwards.
    kinda like jordan playing baseball.

  • imp reyiz

    no 4th quarters. he will be a legend there.

  • http://007dui.com jbn74sb

    First, one has to assume that if LeBron were remotely serious about playing football, he would be working out with that in mind behind the scenes. But that would assume that he has a functioning brain, of which there is not much evidence. All that being said, if dude took a year to actually train for football, he would be unstoppable at just about any position on the field. And god would it be great to see somebody drill the piss out of him coming over the middle.

  • Bdiddy

    From a pure athletic standpoint, Lebron is one of the greatest athletes of all time, regardless of sport. Who else is 6’8″ with his speed, vertical ability, and footwork? Antonio Gates played high school football, college basketball…and has found a lot of success in the NFL. Lebron would do just fine.

  • Fat Lever

    Hey genius, the guys LAST name goes on the back. God! And there’s another James Carroll should be trying to get. He even plays in the northwest.

  • SikhWitIt

    Seahawks watchable? You see that Giants game? Seahawks did work son!

  • robb

    Lebron would be unstoppable as a WR. Just throw the ball up and he’ll get it.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Shout out to SikhWitit.

  • http://sajkflf.com Jukai

    Lebron would be great as a wide receiver, but if he could take the hits, how unstoppable would he be as a running back?

  • http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2011/10/13/2011-10-13_excop_we_fabricated_drug_raps_for_quotas.html Allenp

    Very stoppable.
    He’s 6’8″.
    Being tall is not an asset when you play running back and it never will be. Just more body to get hit.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27dEU3LVGBw nbk

    more knees to get broken.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    somewhere Nate Robinson is steaming lol

  • http://SlamOnline.com Mars

    There are actually plenty of NBA’RS who could do some damage in the NFL, LeBron included. @The Black Mamba Kamla, yes, Nate Robinson is probably heated AFRN. I think the should really consider this.

  • Kilo

    He’d smash every single season tight end record their is if he played football.

  • http://sajkflf.com Jukai

    Allen: Touche. I guess I was thinking about his power and how he would be able to leap and power through guys, I didn’t think about how his gigantic body would probably be a disadvantage. Oh my, the issues of being a fairweather football fan.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He ain’t powering through linemen and linebackers. They weigh just as much but are more compact

  • http://sajkflf.com Jukai

    Allen: Dunno about that, but with his humongous length and arm reach, he’d be great at getting that ball an extra inch or so.
    Fine, what about defensive end?

  • T-Money

    I could see a straight pass rushing DE. He’d be just too quick for the OTs.

  • @Deknowz

    Hmmm, 6’8″ 250lbs atleast a 4’4″ 40 time and hops for days. He would run fly routes all game in triple coverage all game and lead the league in TD’s!. What corner’s gonna jump with him? What linebacker is gonna run with him? If the threat of injury wasn’t there he should totally go put up numbers in the NFL!

  • http://members.cox.net/pilight pilight

    The NFL and NBA are both incredibly gay. If you want to watch a real sport, watch the WNBA!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Y’all are greatly underestimating the upper body strength needed at defensive end. And the level of technique needed to be good. That is a position where skill and leverage are more important than natural ability. His best bet is offense and something involving catching passes. Line play involves lots of angles, anticipation and leverage.

  • Feez22

    I think lebron could be a good player… heck he even has football feet the guy shuffles his feet all the time… may i say he travels? rofl. high school football messed his footwork up. However… He can take a hit. Just because he went soft in the finals doesnt mean he can’t take a hit. This is the same guy that on a consistent basis bullied other nba players. a man amongst boys in the nba. Cant tell me a 6-8 250+ pound guy that has 4:4 speed and very good cutting ability can’t at least last a game in the nfl. He can. In fact you can make an argument that his upper body is nfl like. The problem would obviously be his height. Those small DB’s would cut block him and tackle low EVERY TIME. they would take his knees out. Troy Polamalu is a guy that is perceived to hit the hardest but in reality he is hitting the legs of players hard stopping them at the sight. Thats what lebron would have to face. In his present body do i think lebron could play in the nfl? yes. However, cut blocks, his statuesque posture and his height would be clear targets… unless you run him on 9 routes all the time. TE won’t work as a 6-8 guy he’d get hammered at the knees by safeties and DB’s who have a running start towards him at least as a WR he can brace himself.

  • Feez22

    & remember guys this isn’t a patty cake nba player we are talking about here… Lebron james is the most durable wing player in the game today. Period. For the amount he drives to the basket i think he has had 1 major injury… the wrist in 08. I think he fractured it. Maybe that elbow in 2010 even though people don’t put stock into that… It was revealed to be a real injury with a 3 month recovery time. Other than that… just knicks and bruises he is a durable guy.

  • Feez22

    by the way … Its not like lebron would be a slot receiver or a blocking TE of that sort. TOUGHNESS? let me tell you guys about toughness. If lebron is running 9 routes as a WR all day toughness is overrated. Why? because DB’s can’t touch him 5 yds off the line of scrimmage and at 6-8 with burn speed ability he would get past or catch the ball on practically any DB not named revis. He can outjump any DB with that 40 inch vert and at 6-8 could DEFINITELY pose a risk. As a WR that is. He would have some advantages but also disadvantages as i stated before (susceptability to cut blocks and such). However, toughness in deep threat WR’s is overrated. Whose really going to be successful in jamming a 6-8 250 pounder at the line of scrimmage? No one is asking lebron to go across the middle. Im just saying… ive seen a bunch of soft WR’s. its not like lebron would play the slot. its funny because people act like lebron is soft like the real softie of the heat (bosh). by the way… im sure if this was a serious proposition lebron would train like football players train. Lebron’s majority of strength training has been resistance type stuff. No weightlifting. Im sure he would change up his workout if he was serious about this… This is just a joke at the end of the day. People need to stop being so uptight about it. Have a laugh…

  • asgf

    You know what? Fuk it.. Long Live the King!!!