Days after NFL “offer” to LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal breaks silence on Lakers star’s future beyond the NBA

A slightly lesser known fact about LeBron James is that he was a football player in high school. And he was pretty good too. He eventually chose basketball, but recently started checking out the conversation on Twitter. And NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal spoke about what his future could be beyond the NBA.

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James was a wide receiver on the St. Vincent-St. Mary football team. He was being sought after by some of the best programs in the country. And he was named first team all-state during his sophomore year. However, he suffered an injury in high school and did not play his senior year. And his mother forbade him to play football after that.

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And years later, he asked about college eligibility for other sports. Many speculated that she was talking about playing in the NFL. For a long time, analysts have speculated that ‘The King’ could have played in the NFL. The NFL even responded to James’ tweet.

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal reacts to LeBron James’ desire to play other sports

Shaq was doing his podcast when his co-host Nischelle Turner bought into LeBron’s tweet about wanting to play other sports. Spice Admas then asked the panel what other sports they think LeBron James might be good at, and they answered soccer.

Tuner said that he could also be a good tennis player and maybe a good volleyball player. But Shaq was not impressed and said: “Football. There is only one answer, soccer. Stop.”

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Shaq then did a hilarious voice and taunted Turner. He said, “’I would be a good badminton player. He would be a good table tennis player.’ Football, leave it”

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This is not the first time LeBron James has been linked to the NFL. During the 2011 NBA lockout, James said last year that the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks had offered him NFL contracts. And he was also seriously considering it. But he finally decided against it and stayed with basketball.

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Getting into one of the most physical and strenuous sports at the age of 37 may not be the best of ideas for most people. But LeBron James is certainly not like most people. However, he likely still has some time left in basketball, as he previously stated his hopes of playing alongside his sons Bronny and Bryce one day in the NBA. But Shaquille O’Neal definitely thinks LeBron would have been great at football.

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