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Dec 4, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Emmanuel Mudiay (8) defends against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports Content Exchange

Already a seven-time NBA All-Star when the 2011 NBA lockout occurred, LeBron James maintains he had a chance to change sports.

The Los Angeles Lakers star, speaking with Peyton Manning and Eli Manning on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" coverage, revealed that he was courted by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll while the NBA was amid its labor dispute.

"Jerry Jones offered me a contract, and actually Pete Carroll in Seattle did as well during our lockout time," James said. "Definitely got my blood flowing again, got my mind racing again about the game of football, being out there on Sundays. We was able to get a deal done in the NBA and I was back on the court in no time, but I definitely thought about it.

"I still got the jerseys, too, that Jerry and Pete Carroll sent me from 2011."

James, 36, said his NFL position would have been tight end.

"I wanted to be a red-zone specialist, like Gronk," he said, referring to Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The NBA restarted in December 2011, and James captured his first league title that year with the Miami Heat, and he won another title the following season.

Now a four-time champion, James is a 17-time All-Star and a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player. He ranks third in NBA history with 35,367 points, an average of 27 per game over 1,310 games.

--Field Level Media

This article originally ran on Content Exchange

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