Pete Carroll says Nate Robinson's bid to make the NFL is 'all but impossible'

Three-time NBA slam-dunk champion Nate Robinson has been hinting for months that he planned to pursue an NFL career after his professional basketball-playing days were behind him. Robinson had a tryout with the Seahawks on Monday, though he left without signing a contract.

And it looks like his NFL dreams won't be happening anytime soon -- at least not in Seattle.

"I think it is all but impossible," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Tuesday about Robinson (via PFT). "It is as hard as you can possibly get. He is 32 as well, I don't know if anyone could do it, but if anyone could it might be Nate. He is a versatile athlete and a great competitor."

Pete Carroll doesn't have high hopes for Nate Robinson's NFL future. USATSI

Robinson, who is 5-9, tried out as a defensive back. And while there are short cornerbacks on NFL rosters, Seattle is known for a big, physical secondary, which probably didn't help Robinson's cause. That said, Carroll is convinced that if Robinson had chosen football over basketball early in his development, the NFL may have been a legit option.

"He could play on both sides of the football back in the college days," Carroll said. "There is no telling what kind of athlete he could have been at the position, whether he was a receiver or DB. I think he would have done both, but he is such a phenomenal basketball player he had to go that way and his heart was really there. Football was kind of his first sport he would tell you, but obviously basketball was a great avenue for him to follow."

Robinson is unsure what he'll do next but if he continues to follow his NFL dream, Carroll admits that he'll have "a lot of work to do."

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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