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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: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:19 pm

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

Why wouldnt Legirl be good in the NFL? because he has no heart. he would aligator arm everything thrown his way. remember there aint no flopping in the NFL.  this girl whines and flops every chance he gets. he'd get broken in the NFL, that and he would have to take a70% pay cut

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:42 pm

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

I will take Lebron ANY DAY OF THE WEEK on the KC Chiefs. We used to have an unstoppable TE/former college basketball player names Tony Gonzalez. I don't see why people do not think Lebron could play in the NFL. Would it be the smartest thing for him? Probably not because although his height and jumping ability would be a strength, it could also be a weakness. If I were 6 8 and had a 45 inch vert. or whatever he has, I would not want to jump in the air going across the middle with a free safety squaring up to hit me. That just spells trouble for Lebron. But, I do think he could do it. I mean, the dude is a freak. I would take him and Usain Bolt on my roster any time. Just throw Flys to them all day long.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:54 pm

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

Good call. I definitely forgot Graham and he looks great right now. The point wasn't about basketball players not being able to play, the point is that suggesting that because a few great athletes made the transition (both took over a year to develop) doesn't mean that all basketball players can or will make good football players. James may just be a rare enough athlete that he could make the jump, although I suspect his field speed will not equal his court speed. Personally I hope he tries and I hope he brings with him a new generation of 6 ft+ non-QB skill players.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:37 pm

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

Jimmy Graham, three years of basketball, 3rd year of football... making the TE game look ridiculous.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:08 pm

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

I love how Antonio Gates is how some proof that James can transition to the NFL. How about Kyle Bailey, Donnell Beverly, Michael Bradley Shabazz Napier? Those are members of the national champion UConn Huskies, none of which even tried out for an NFL team. On a good year 3 college basketball players try out for the NFL (this year none) and besides Antonio Gates can anyone name a player who primarily played basketball in college and now plays professional football? Yes Gates did and yes he is very good, but he is the exception that proves the rule. If it were that easy why aren't most football players out of jobs and why isn't the NFL inundated with former college and professional basketball players who washed out? Can we please think about this stuff a little more and stop throwing around fallacies?

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:03 am

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

I would bet Lebron would do better than most people expect. Once he gets some plays and route-running down, he's basically Jermichel Finley but faster, 3 inches taller, better at jumping, and probably has better explosion than most WRs. Not that Finley is a great TE, but he has been doing pretty darn well this year as one of the most athletic TEs in the league. Don;t give me the "can't transition" stuff. Antonio Gates did it w/o playing football and Lebron actually played very well as a WR in high school. Basically you could throw him jump balls, back shoulder catches and crossing routes and he'd simply be too big for almost anyone to consistently cover him...could you imagine having at least eight inches on most CBs, and half a foot on LBs?? Hard to cover is just scratching the surface.

Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:57 am

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

idk about 90 strength for lebron at the beginning of the season Clay Matthews was rated an 83 strength and im pretty sure CM3 is stronger than Lebron id also say that he preb should be higher in trucking

Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:28 am

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

If your going to play the dolphins, you need to sit Hillis, he had strep throat...

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:05 pm

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

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.
Then no, I wouldn't have done the same thing if I was in LeBron's position. People despise LeBron not because of what he did, but how he did it. All he had to do was visit with teams, weigh his options and call a simple press conference to announce his destination. If he had done that, people in Cleveland wouldn't have been anywhere near as upset.

Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 5:09 pm

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

If you think I'm sitting through a commercial to see a video of fake Lebron playing football on a video game, think again. Seriously? That needed a sponsor?

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