LeBron James and Kevin Durant have been playing against each other on the basketball court on several occasions. But they also took the battle to the football field. Do you know that LeBron James played football?
In December 2011, the NBA was under a lockout. LeBron hosted “LeBron’s Flag Football Classic” at the University of Akron in his hometown. As confirmed by several sources, including cleveland.com, LeBron’s team smashed Durant and his guys in a 73-63 win. Durant’s team attempted a late drive to tie the contest, but King James had the luck to intercept a pass and brought the victory to his side.
LeBron had a great football mind
LeBron is the greatest basketball player in NBA history. However, he was also an excellent football player at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School. As a freshman in 1999, SVSM took part in the state playoffs. The team couldn’t really put points on the board. The star receiver on the squad was out due to an injury. LeBron was the only option for the coach, but his experience was confusing.
This was a rather risky move, but it paid off. King James grabbed a school-record nine receptions, two touchdowns and over 100 receiving yards in that game. Don’t forget that he was just 14.
In his sophomore year, LeBron had 750 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns en route to All-State honors. As a junior, LeBron had the strength to lead the Fighting Irish to the state semifinals. He stacked 57 receptions for 1,160 yards and 16 touchdowns. LeBron did not took the football field in his senior year after sustaining a wrist injury. He got injured during an AAU basketball game.
In other words, LeBron was one of the best wideouts of the class. He was recruited by several Division I NCAA schools, including Notre Dame. However, the king decided to join the big league and the rest is history. Today, LeBron’s numbers pass Michael Jordan’s career stats, and he is the king of basketball. LeBron was trying to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their first title, but the NBA suspended the season in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.