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Matt barnes the football player

How good could this guy have been in football. He was the #21 overall ranked player in America coming out of hischool where he was 6-7 slot receiver. He was named an all-American, led the entire nation in td's and was a 5 star recruit with his choice of college. What other NBA players could have made it in the NFL?


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Barnes would have been a hell

Barnes would have been a hell of a redzone target.

I think Nate Robinson could have been a good nickleback for an NFL team, he was a pretty good DB at Washington and if had focused on football full-time I think he could have gone far with it.

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His brother actually plays football up here in the cfl and is actually a pretty good receiver. Maybe you can use that as a bar to rank him and go back and see which brother was better at football. But I'd say Matt woul have made it to the nfl.

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His brother Jason actually plays football up here in the cfl and is actually a pretty good receiver. Maybe you can use that as a bar to rank him and go back and see which brother was better at football. But I'd say Matt woul have made it to the nfl.

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Weren't LeBron James (WR) and

Weren't LeBron James (WR) and Allen Iverson (QB) both All-State football players?

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Lebron was. I heard he was

Lebron was. I heard he was recruited by the Ohio State coach. I don't know about Iverson but he did lead his highschool team to a state championship, so Id assume so.

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They say that Iverson was a

They say that Iverson was a better quarterback prospect than Michael Vick

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The NBA is littered with guys

The NBA is littered with guys who could have been transcendent tight ends or wide receivers in the NFL had they chosen football. The thing is, the NBA is just a better business decision. You get paid more, you can play well into your 30's, and most importantly the contracts are guaranteed. Being an NFL player is a cut-throat way to make a living. You're one play away from the unemployment line on every snap, no matter how good you are.

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While i do believe there are

While i do believe there are a few that could have made it to the NFL, I don't think its fair to say that it is "littered" with guys that could play in the NFL. And to imply players chose basketball over football is vompletely left field man.

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Really? you don't think that

Really? you don't think that all these superb athletes who are all 6'0-6'8" with muscular frames and great hand-eye coordination could't have developed into pass catching football players? In your opinion, what vital skill to playing football are they missing, aside from possibly the grit and toughness it takes to absorb punishment getting hit all the time?

The way I see it, there isn't much difference in the raw physical tools you need to be a successful NBA wing, and the raw physical tools required to play a receiving position in the NFL. I'm not saying every NBA guard could be an NFL player, but definitely more than "a few". If you took all of the NBA players who profiled as WR's and TE's athletically, and had them playing football growing up instead of basketball, you'd probably end up with a considerable amount of NFL players, and probably a dozen that ended up as pro bowlers. I don't even get how this is debatable.

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Ok I see what your saying. I

Ok I see what your saying. I was thinking from the "grit and toughness" standpoint. I agree they have all the physical tools to beNNFL, I was just thinking the mental makeup to play is different.

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Barnes could have but he

Barnes could have but he chose basketball, so maybe his heart was set on basketball.
What do you think about Antonio Gates making the NBA? He killed it in the NCAA tournament leading Kent State to the elite eight

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Football is Easier IMO

There are a lot of guys who starred in both sports in high school and some even in College... You dont see it that much because most coaches in college won't allow their players to play other sports. You definitely had guys who could play both very well. I think AI, Lebron, and Matt Barnes all would've been able to play in the NFL. Then you had guys like Charlie Ward who started at QB for Florida St but played guard for the Knicks in the NBA. Kerry Rhodes was accepted a schloarship to play Safety for Louisville, while Rick Pitino offered him to play Point Guard for the basketball team.
As someone stated above, the NBA is the better business decision, but I must say Football is usually the Easier route than Basketball.
For one, there are more spots. In the NBA each year the amount of players range from 360-450 players. The NFL usually has about 1700 players. That's a HUGE difference.
Next, Size and Skills are more important in Basketball. 6'3 in the NBA is nothing really. But in the NFL, 6'3 is great size. You cant just know how to run to play basketball, in football if your extremely fast and agile, you'll get a job. For Quarterbacks and Kickers, its different. But for the most part in the NFL you need speed and strength more than anything else.
If a 6'6 guy showed up to an NBA tryout, and just could run and jump, but couldn't handle the ball or shoot at all, he'll be turned around. But if that same guy showed up at an NFL tryout, I guarantee he has a great chance of getting signed. 6'6 with speed is SUPERB for the NFL.

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What if...

What if an NBA bigman were to play receiver? For example, can you imagine how freaking easy it'd be to just toss the ball into the endzone for Brook Lopez? Or Dwight Howard? They'd be impossible to cover!!! I've always wanted to see some coach take a chance on some ex-college C that didn't make it in the NBA and sign them just to play red zone plays as a massive target that nobody could cover.

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What if...

What if an NBA bigman were to play receiver? For example, can you imagine how freaking easy it'd be to just toss the ball into the endzone for Brook Lopez? Or Dwight Howard? They'd be impossible to cover!!! I've always wanted to see some coach take a chance on some ex-college C that didn't make it in the NBA and sign them just to play red zone plays as a massive target that nobody could cover.

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I played both in high school.

I played both in high school. There are a lot of differences in the two and what it takes to be great at the respective sport. It's hard to really explain in words. In basketball, you really have to have good endurance and conditioning, being able to constantly go all the time and manage your energy, so you're not winded after 3 minutes. Unlike football, you give all your energy in a 6-8 second play, stoppage of time for about 20 seconds (depends on team and situation) and go again. In football you usually play on side, so you might play 5 straight plays at 100% with a lot of contact then your off the field taking a break for a good time usually. There is just a lot of difference in the two for just conditioning. If you want to be in good basketball shape, go run marathons or play soccer where they go nonstop. Football, you want to focus on workouts that emphesis explosion and strength, like getting of a block or making a break on the ball. Not to say they don't crossover some, but they have their differences.

Also both sports have different skill sets. It's like difference between an english major and a math major, two different skills, yet require hard work, toughness, practice.

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Charlie Ward

He won the Heisman Award and played NBA ball.

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