Are Basketball Players Athletic Enough To Be Football Players?

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When talking about athletes, a lot of the time we like to think to ourselves, could he really compete in another sport? A prime example of this would be LeBron James, and whether or not he could have been an NFL star as well. Sometimes, collegiate athletes are skilled enough to be dual sport athletes. Arik Armstead of our Oregon Ducks football team is also a member of the Oregon Ducks Basketball team. Football is his first sport, but basketball is something he excels at just as well.

For the most part, we see football players that are able to play basketball at a collegiate level, but how often do we see basketball players that are able to compete as football players? To be a basketball player, one must have at least three or more of the following skill sets: quickness, ball handling skills, shooting skills, offensive and defensive awareness and endurance. On the other hand, football players have a whole different skill set that basketball players simply don’t have such as: incredible strength, physicality, ability to avoid defenders, quick first steps, and other skills that basketball players are simply not built for.

Could LeBron be a NFL player? Maybe, but the physicality that basketball brings to the table as opposed to football is of a different world. Of course injuries can happen to basketball players and to football players, but a football player’s body is thick enough and has experienced multiple hits that injuries are simply not as common of an obstacle to overcome.

Basketball players simply don’t experience the physical contact and style of play that football offers, but football players are able to adapt to basketball situations because they are just as athletic, and much stronger than basketball players.

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Dean Davis

Dean Davis

Dean Davis grew up for most of his life in the Bay Area. A huge 49er and Warrior fan. After moving to Eugene in 2010 he couldn't resist the urge to add the Ducks to his list of favorites, and is now aDuck fan for life. Dean is a Human Physiology student at the U of O who loves to play basketball and stay in shape during his free time. His favorite Duck of all time is Anthony Blake, a warrior on and off the field. You can Tweet Dean at @DeanDavisDaDuck

  • Randy Snauer

    A quick first step is essential in basketball, if one is driving by a defender.

  • Long Beach Bill

    This is a bunch of crap. Back in my day, boys played baseball, basketball, football, and ran track. Girls played softball, basketball, volleyball, and ran track. Some even played soccer on top of it. If someone can run, jump, and is coordinated, they can excel in any sport if they practice enough.

  • James Was

    2 words — Jordan Kent started in basketball, HS and College, moved to football, College and NFL … now a broadcast jounalist for CSN

  • Josue C.

    I would have to say that basketball players are all around better athletes than football players. Yeah football players are abit stronger but are overweight and how much running do they do per game? Like a mile or less total. A basketball players lasts way more. Basketball players have quickness, agility, verticality, strength as well, and great had eye coordination. Yes the game of basketball has changed from string, physical players to more quick and athletic players. Also there are more fouls called for slight contact because the people like to see the fast paced action of making hoops and also to clean up all the very aggressive okay from back in the days. Basketball players are also considered all around some of the best athletes in the world just behind MMA fighters. Basketball players generally have more to bring to the table than football players. Also it does depend on the player and their position. I’m not saying football players are not good athletes and there are some who are better athletes than basketball players.

  • Josue C.

    I meant to say “Strong, physical powerhouse players”
    at the beginning.

  • James C

    Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez, and Antonio Gates all were basketball players at first. You can hear stories about how Allen Iverson and Nate Robinson would have easily been amazing football players. Most football players that were able to play other sports were baseball players… Baseball players… People weigh 300 pounds and are round and still play baseball. Basketball players are the best athletes in the world. point blank period.