LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Could he have enjoyed similar success on the gridiron if he stuck with football beyond high school?
At least one general manager thinks so.
“LeBron James would have been the best tight end of all time,” the GM recently told Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman. “He would have been Rob Gronkowski before Rob Gronkowski. No one would be able to cover him. He would have set records every season.”
This obviously is a bold proclamation even though James was heavily recruited while in high school. He’s a freak athlete, sure, but so is Gronkowski, which is why teammate LeGarrette Blount had the New England Patriots tight end’s back Friday when NFL Total Access asked on Twitter whether James would have been better than Gronk.
Admittedly, it’s fun to dream about how good LeBron could have been if he stuck with football. Maybe he would have cemented himself among the NFL’s greats. Gronk is one of the NFL’s greats, though. And the NBA path LeBron chose has worked out just fine for him, too.
It all makes for a fruitless argument, really.
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