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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 SlamOnline.com 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.




Comments

Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

DANG!!!!



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:59 am
 

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

Lebron would be a really good tight end in the NFL I think. Inside the 10yrd line and throw it up in the corner. Simple. How do you stop that?



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:57 am
 

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

As a Duck, I loved when Nate was a corner at the UW as he was the "Elvis Patterson" of the college ranks. The only question before every game is how do you like that toast, well done or burnt???



Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:23 am
 

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

Oh yeah...and he's pretty tough too.  Just ask Carmelo, whom he had backpeddling for his life! 



Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:21 am
 

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

Dude is NICE.  Anybody who is undersized and is successful in the NBA HAS to be an incredible athlete. 



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:17 am
 

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

I agree these players aren't and wont play or try other sports anywhere no mater what they claim. These guys make 20 times a normal person pay for 9 months out of the year... I bet they take any risks to ruin that. Even though they make all that money I am not mad i am a culprit I buy tickets , jerseys so more power to them. But no way in heck they risk any of that money bye getting injured or black labeled by other members of there respective sports



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:05 am
 

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

Would love to see Lebron play in The NFL so someone could lay his punk a$$ out..



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:45 am
 

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

Also, LeBron, the Dolphins need a TE that's not Anthony Fasano.




Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:44 am
 

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

Holy GOD this dude's an athlete. All you need to see is :26 through :42 to see the guy's got incredible burst, solid moves, and obviously above-average hands.


I'd love it if the Rams took a look at him, assuming he still plays like he did in the video.  



Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:03 am
 

Thunder G Nate Robinson wants to play in the NFL?

I watched him play his Freshman year at Washington, he was good, maybe even very good.  A lot of people around here were very upset when he decided to concentrate on basketball only, until we saw the results on the court.

I am not saying hes gonna be all-pro, or even make a 53 man roster, but this guy has always been told he was too small, and he has ALWAYS proven the nay-sayers wrong.  If he decides to do it, and gets a shot, he may surprise the heck out of a lot of people.

I know the Seahawks could definately use some help at corner...lol...yeah like they need another 5'9 DB :)


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