Athletes We Wished Played Another Sport

The recent news that former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow plans to pursue a professional baseball career brought back memories of the short-lived baseball exploits of Michael Jordan.

It also made us wonder what would happen if some of the biggest names in sports today took their skills to another game. Here is our Top10 list:


LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers): Football

He’s fast, big and has strong hands, plus the perennially bad Cleveland Browns — who haven’t experienced a winning season since 2007 — sure could use some help.


Usain Bolt (Olympic Sprinter): Football

If you put the fastest man on the planet at wide receiver, would any defensive back in the NFL be able to catch him? Every play could be a Hail Mary pass. Bolt would probably need to learn how to catch, though.



Tom Brady (New England Patriots): Baseball

Who remembers that the four-time Super Bowl champion was an 18th-round draft pick of the Montreal Expos in 1995? Brady could be the driving factor to help bring a team back to Montreal.



Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants): Soccer

The wide receiver visited FC Beyern at Säbener Strasse earlier this month and showed off some fancy footwork on the training pitch. Dude’s got some mad soccer skills!


Michael Phelps (Olympic Swimmer): Anything

With 23 Olympic gold medals, including the five he picked up in Rio this summer, the greatest Olympian alive could play any sport and excel. He already gave golf a shot. What’s next?


Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins): Basketball

At 6-feet, 9-inches, could the NHL’s tallest player ever make it in the NBA, which becomes more of a contact sport every year?



Jimmy Graham (Seattle Seahawks): Basketball

The tight end played four years of basketball at the University of Miami. If an NFL team drafted him after only one season of playing football, imagine what he still might be able to do on the court. Plus, the Miami Heat need a new superstar.


Jamie Oleksiak: (Dallas Stars): Swimming

The defenseman’s sister, Penny, won gold, silver and two bronze medals for Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Surely Jamie has some swimming genes, too.



Shaquille O’Neal (retired basketball player): Football

As a running back or lineman, Shaq would have dominated in the NFL. Instead of breaking backboards, he no doubt could have broken a few football records.


Mike Tyson (retired boxer): UFC

We’re talking about the guy who took a bite out of Evander Holyfield’s ear. He would have been a beast in the octagon.


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