Joe Theismann sees potential in LeBron James playing quarterback in NFL

Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts after scoring the go ahead basket against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Banknorth Garden. The Miami Heat won 105-103. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts after scoring the go ahead basket against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Banknorth Garden. The Miami Heat won 105-103. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Ever since LeBron James and his world-class athletic ability stepped on the NBA court as an 18-year-old, fans and the media have debated on how good of an NFL player he could be.

In an interview with Fox Sports Florida, Super Bowl winning Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann (Notre Dame) is ready to take on the task of turning the NBA baller into an NFL starter.

“I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent,” Theismann told FOX Sports Florida. “I’ll go wherever he wants this summer. He could play another four years in the NBA before seriously trying the NFL. … There are not a lot of 38- or 39-year-old basketball players, but there are 38- and 39-year-old quarterbacks, so there’s always time for him.”

“I need a job,” Theismann said. “The first thing I would do is teach him the snap. Then I’d take him through drop backs, quick hitches, throwing the deep ball. Wouldn’t that be a great piece of footage to see, LeBron throwing the football? Whether he could play quarterback, that’s one of the great ifs in sports.”

The topic arose following the Heats’ Game 1 win over the Pacers. James threw an impressive pass — which he does so often — to Dwayne Wade for a layup. It’s something fans have become so accustomed to during his career that we just shrug it off as another typical play. In reality, however, there’s not too many in the history of the game that have possessed the passing ability James does.

James is no stranger to taking snaps from under center. He played quarterback for his St. Vincent-St. Mary high school football team as a freshman.

Jay Brophy, a former NFL linebacker and a football coach during James high school playing days, believes that his skill set would be better served on the other end of the passes, catching balls with his huge frame, but wouldn’t count out his ability as a quarterback.

“Nobody could cover him at receiver; he was like a Harold Carmichael type,” stated Brophy. “But I wouldn’t have counted him out at quarterback (of being able to make the NFL) if he had put his mind to it.”

Just imagine cornerbacks trying to cover James’ 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame. He is not only as athletic as any player covering him, but the power he possesses would make it a daunting task for anyone to tackle him.

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