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Zion Williamson says he could have excelled in NFL as receiver, tight end



Hardcourt, gridiron, it doesn’t matter. Zion Williamson enjoys such a rare blend of size, strength and athleticism that he thinks he could play professionally in either the NFL or NBA.

The 6-7, 284-pound Pelicans power forward said as much in a Tuesday interview with Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe. The New Orleans superstar once played quarterback in youth football, but said he’d probably be better suited for tight end or wide receiver in the league.

“Yeah, I believe I could,” Williamson told Sharpe on his “Club Shay Shay” podcast. “I’m just a competitor. I think I would either do tight end or receiver. One of those two.”

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Zion certainly would be a terror to defend at 6-7, 284 pounds, but perhaps that height-weight combo better lends itself to the tight end position than a streaking receiver. For comparison’s sake, Zion is taller and heavier than pretty much every NFL tight end, including the Bucs’ Rob Gronkowski, 49ers’ George Kittle and Chiefs’ Travis Kelce. Considering Zion’s insane 45-inch vertical, he would be pretty much unstoppable as a red-zone target.

Assuming he has the hands, of course. But why wouldn’t he?

Curiously, Zion isn’t the only NBA superstar to consider life in the NFL. LeBron James in February revealed that he seriously considered playing for the Cowboys, saying he “would have made the team.”

Either way, Zion likely made the right choice in choosing basketball over football. The second-year player is averaging 25.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 60.7 percent shooting through a season-plus in the NBA.





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