LeBron James Was Once Offered a Contract From the Dallas Cowboys

Mahlik Campbell

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 08: NBA player Lebron James of the Miami Heat throws a football at AT&T Stadium before a Sunday night game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on September 8, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Once upon a time, LeBron James nearly traded in basketball for a football when Jerry Jones recruited him for the Dallas Cowboys. 😯

Alongside his business partner Maverick Carter on an Uninterrupted show, James was asked by host Paul Rivera about whether rumors that he considered playing football during the NBA lockout in 2011 were true.

According to James, he was so concerned about the extended lockout that he did seriously think about making a push to join the NFL, even switching up his training routine that fall season to get ready for the gridiron.

"To be honest, PR, [football] actually was [a thought]," he said near the 15:48 mark of the conversation. "I had no idea how long the lockout was going to be."

Never being able to finish his high school football career at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, where he was an all-state receiver who attracted the attention of Ohio State and Notre Dame, James admitted that he often "dreams" about an alternate reality as a football player.

"I have dreams all the time about playing football and it's crazy because I actually never run on the field in my dreams," James said. "It always gets to the point where I’m either in the locker room or getting dressed or talking about it or seeing the fans and as soon as I’m about to run on the field, something else happens in my dream."

In fact, he received a contract offer from Jones and the Cowboys, per Carter. To this day, that contract remains framed in James' office.

Later, James reflected on meeting Michael Jordan for the first time in 2001 by saying there are only "two people" who he's met (JAY-Z was an honorable mention) who have changed his life: his wife and MJ.

"I literally couldn't believe it was him," James said. "I couldn't believe it. The dude looked like Jesus Christ to me. He looked like Black Jesus."

High praise!