LeBron James wants 49ers S Donte Whitner to win the Super Bowl

Sorry Dallas, LeBron James has a backup team for the playoffs. (USATSI)
Sorry Dallas, LeBron James has a backup team for the playoffs. (USATSI)

LeBron James is a noted Dallas Cowboys, which means like most Cowboys fans, he has to find another team to root for during the playoffs because it's kind of hard to root for a team that's not in it.

James' backup team this year? The San Francisco 49ers. Actually, based on the tweet below, it seems like James' backup team is whichever team Donte Whitner is playing for and Whitner happens to be playing for the 49ers. 

As LeBron noted, Whitner basically iced the game when he picked off Panthers quarterback Cam Newton with 4:22 left in the fourth quarter and the 49ers leading 23-10. 

It's not clear how long Whitner and LeBron have been friends, but they're both from Northern Ohio and LeBron seems to regularly support Whitner on Twitter. James sent Whitner a good luck tweet before the last two NFC Championship games. 

Here's LeBron's tweet from two years ago when the 49ers played the Giants

And here's LeBron's tweet from last year when the 49ers played the Falcons

If the 49er makes the Super Bowl, LeBron might be able to fit the game into his schedule. The Miami Heat play in New York the night before Super Bowl XLVIII is played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. 

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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