Oklahoma City Thunder backup guard Nate Robinson says he would take a different route than what the rest of the players are taking and attempt to play in the NFL if there is a lengthy NBA lockout, according to this article from SLAM. Here’s some info from the article:
“I might go play football,” Robinson told SLAM on the phone. “Do something that nobody’s tried to do.”
The son of a college football player, Robinson initially attended the University of Washington on a football scholarship. The 5-9 Seattle, WA, native blossomed into a first round NBA Draft pick, but not before playing one stellar collegiate season at cornerback for the Huskies.
“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.”
“If their lockout (the NFL) goes the whole season, then I’m gonna go play basketball overseas.”
Although he admits his trying out could boost a franchise’s publicity, Robinson’s ability to play football shouldn’t be questioned as he is already a superior athlete and was a top-20 football prospect coming out of Rainer Beach High School in Seattle and was named AAA Football Player Of The Year in 2002. He also snagged a huge interception against Washington State in the 2002 Apple Cup, sealing a victory while playing for cornerback for Washington. Here’s a look at a scouting report video from his HS playing days:
Impressive, right? Some would argue that Nate may be too small for the NFL but at 5’9″ and 180 lbs, he is about the same size as star DB’s Asante Samuel, Devin McCourty and Antoine Winfield. I believe Lil’ Nate aka Kryptonite could be a solid backup or nickel corner in the NFL, if so he chooses. He’s proved doubters wrong before, and if the NBA lockout drags out I see no reason why he shouldn’t give it a go.