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Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) battle for position in game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Heat won 114-96. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann told Fox Sports Florida over the weekend that Miami Heat star LeBron James is talented enough to be a quarterback in the NFL.
"I wouldn't count him out," Theismann said. "He's the most tremendous physical specimen in all of sports. I think he's certainly talented enough. He's intelligent."
Theismann even offered to be the reigning NBA MVP's agent.
"I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent," Theismann said. "I'll go wherever he wants this summer. He could play another four years in the NBA before seriously trying the NFL. There are not a lot of 38- or 39-year-old basketball players, but there are 38- and 39-year-old quarterbacks, so there's time for him."
James did not disagree with Theismann's assessment.
"I have the ability," James said. "I can see and read plays. I study a lot, so I know defenses and things of that nature. So I would have been pretty good if I had decided to go for it."
James played quarterback as a freshman at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary before switching to wide receiver his sophomore and junior seasons.
Theismann said James would have a lot to learn about playing quarterback but he would not mind teaching him.
"The first thing I'd do is teach him the snap," Theismann said. "Then I'd take him through drop backs, quick hitches, throwing the deep ball. Wouldn't that be a great piece of footage to see, LeBron throwing the football?"
The Heat lead the Indiana Pacers in their East Conference finals series 2-1. James is averaging 25.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists in the playoffs.