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VIDEO: LeBron James to the NFL, 'Madden' style

Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:46 am
Edited on: October 13, 2011 5:26 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

In these desperate NBA times, we've seen a superstar like LeBron James discuss jumping to the NFL. While the league wouldn't comment on it when we asked them, and while it's unlikely that 'Bron actually ever makes that jump (for any number of reasons, really), Pete Carroll is courting him to Seattle pretty, pretty hard these days.

And it got me wondering what exactly LeBron would look like in the NFL. So, in an attempt to really make Mrs. Brinson think I'm a dork find out, I fired up Madden 12, created a LeBron James character for the Cleveland Browns and played a game. No, seriously: there's video proof below.

But first, a couple pieces of information that are helpful. One, I edited the video. Duh. (You don't want to watch me playing Madden for 20 minutes, even with LeBron.) Two, I put him on Cleveland because I wanted to deal with an average quarterback. And also, Cleveland deserves something. Three, I started out on "Pro" level, but cranked it up to "All-Madden" after the first series. Four, LeBron rates out, based on the characteristics I gave him (see below), to an 83 as a tight end, a 71 as a wide receiver and a 74 as a fullback. Five, he would be a LOT higher, except his route running is shoddy as is his pass- and run-blocking footwork.

Six, he is a beast.

OK, so you probably want to know how we got here. Well, for starters, I brought in Eye on Basketball's Matt Moore to persuade me that LeBron's better than I believed on the football field. That bought the king a pile of points, as Moore's substantially more in love with his ability to transition to the NFL than I am.

The result of inputting the various particulars made LeBron the 10th best tight end in the NFL. Which is pretty ridiculous considering he has no practice on anything.

Here are the full characteristics I plugged in, and I'm totally willing to concede that some stuff is off; if you've got beef with a rating leave it in the comments or holler at me on Twitter @WillBrinson. Trucking, for instance, could be higher. And catching could be lower. (See Moore's influence above.)

Strength: 90
Agility: 88
Speed: 91
Acceleration: 93
Awareness: 65
Catching: 90
Carrying: 70
Pass blocking: 50
Run blocking: 50
Jumping; 99
Trucking: 77
Elusiveness: 85
Stiff arm: 79
Spin move: 85
Juke move: 90
Impact blocking: 65
Run block strength: 85
Run block footwork: 50
Pass block strength: 85
Pass block footwork: 50
Spectacular Catch: 90
Catch in Traffic: 85
Route Running: 55
Release: 55
Injury: 85
Stamina: 90
Toughness: 65

Ed. Note: Here's the YouTube for anyone having trouble with the vid above.

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Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:49 pm

VIDEO: LeBron James to the NFL, 'Madden' style

I love how bad Madden has gotten. The announcers are about 5 seconds behind the play and who is on the play-by-play now? He sucks. Haven't bought this garbage since 2007. It's the same game over and over.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:30 pm

VIDEO: LeBron James to the NFL, 'Madden' style

5 minutes of my life I can never get back reading this stupid ass shit.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:18 pm

VIDEO: LeBron James to the NFL, 'Madden' style

90 strength Brinson? I'd say 70...

Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:47 pm

VIDEO: LeBron James to the NFL, 'Madden' style

People say that LeBron can't come in and play football. He's a basketball player. There's no way a basketball player can come into the NFL and dominate. *Cough cough. Antonio Gates *Cough cough.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:09 pm

VIDEO: LeBron James to the NFL, 'Madden' style

he was a beast in highschool hard playing against a 6-8 wide out..

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:06 pm

VIDEO: LeBron James to the NFL, 'Madden' style

Funny how you still have a grudge against this guy about leaving your Cleveland team get a grip dude. He did what was best for him and his family. If you want to blame anyone blame your owner he needed to try to get players to compliment Lebron not hasbeen players that were way past their prime. You my friend would have done the same thing if you were in his position maybe not the Heat debacle or going with the selection process. But' that was what he felt like doing at that time I didn'nt like that either but the player and what he did for Cleveland Cavs he should be commended he carried that team on his shoulders for the whole duration of his contract with no bitching. Give the guy a break he is still young and gonna make mistakes and his are high profile mistakes do you think you would or could do this in the same situation?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:56 pm

VIDEO: LeBron James to the NFL, 'Madden' style

Yeah, LeBron should be on the Dolphins now.

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:09 pm

VIDEO: LeBron James to the NFL, 'Madden' style

Please don't put that idiot anywhere near a Cleveland jersey! He think Cavs fans were angry and spiteful when he turned against them...make the Browns fans angry.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:18 am

VIDEO: LeBron James to the NFL, 'Madden' style

This is a cool idea, no way his catching would be that high, but pretty cool idea and I think he could be a decent player with some practice. I know its just a publicity stunt but it really would be fun to see him on the gridiron.

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