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Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

Posted on: July 12, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 7:23 pm
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Nate Robinson wants to play in the National Football League during the NBA lockout? Posted by Ben Golliver. nate-robinson

What better way to avoid a lockout in one professional sports league than taking on a lockout in another professional sports league?

That's apparently the plan for Oklahoma City's Nate Robinson. The diminuitive Thunder guard told that he would consider making a switch to the NFL if the NBA continues its lockout. 
“I might go play football,” Robinson told SLAM on the phone. “Do something that nobody’s tried to do.”

“If I can, I would love to play football a little bit,” says Robinson, less than half-jokingly. “I’ve been doing a little bit of training.”

“Why wouldn’t you want to have an NBA player that can play football try out? That’s a lot of publicity for your organization.”
While both leagues are currently in a lockout, the NFL is said to have been making progress in recent weeks while the NBA owners and players are not even at the negotiating table.

Robinson has a football background. As a freshman, he played cornerback for the University of Washington, intercepting two passes and making 34 tackles. His father, Jacque Robinson, was a star running back for the Huskies and went on to play one season in the NFL.

Does Robinson have a chance, or is this idle chatter? An NBA/NFL hybrid career is unprecedented in the modern era, made impossible because of their concurrent schedules. That said, elite athletes in the NBA are likely to be elite athletes in the NFL, given the similar demand for quickness, strength and agility. One would think the outside positions, wide receiver and cornerback, along with special teams would be the easiest places for a basketball-to-football transition to occur. And, at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, Robinson is in the right ballpark to play corner and clearly has superior leaping ability, evidenced by his three NBA Slam Dunk crowns.

Still, the injury risk in making this type of transition is astronomically higher than playing basketball overseas. Re-learning a new, more physical game is a much more difficult proposition for a professional athlete than playing the same game you've always played in a different environment. Anyone giving Robinson -- who is just 27 years old and entering the final year of his contract -- good, sound advice would tell him to let the football dreams die hard.

Although it's far-fetched, this is a tantalizing possibility to think about. For a good time, check out this highlight reel of Robinson starring on the gridiron during his high school days at Rainier Beach, uploaded to YouTube by user atlhawks3.

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Since: Jul 5, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:49 pm

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

I for one think that he could pull it off as a reserve. The guy is extremely athletic and has the confidence to pull this off. I for one would love to see how this experiment ends up panning out.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:47 pm

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

making those high schoolers look extremely silly.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:04 pm

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

This is interesting. I don't see him actually playing in the NFL, but he has a shot. He played at the highest D1 level, has the size and athletic ability, so I think you got to give him a chance. Maybe a slot receiver? CB, return guy? I don't know, but if his agent trys to get him a try out or something, I could see teams letting him come in and see what he's got. Mostly for punlicity, but could happen.    &nbs
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Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:12 pm

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

actually i will laugh. if he thinks he can walk off the court and just show up and play N F L football then he has lost his mind. playing pac 10 football for a couple of years hardly prepares you for the NFL. how long has it been since he played football? 7 or 8 years. everyday now we have to hear about what some nba player is going to do during the lock-out. ive got an idea how about shutting up and quit trying to get your name in the news. has d-wade showed up for his shift at kfc yet? just wondering.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 7:33 pm

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

Why not? He can't play in the NBA! Maybe in the NFL he could be punter or something!

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