LeBron James’ future has been one of the main stories of the NBA season, amid speculations he might opt out of his final year with the Cleveland Cavaliers and explore the free agent market.
Suggestions the three-time NBA champion could swap the Cavs for Los Angeles or Philadelphia have hogged the headlines lately— but now Pittsburgh has emerged as a possible destination.
That is not because the Steel City is getting an NBA expansion franchise, but because Steelers’ wide receiver John Sherman "JuJu" Smith-Schuster wants to see James swap the court for the football field.
Smith-Schuster took to Twitter to expand on his rather ambitious project.
"Announcing my official campaign to recruit @KingJames to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2018 season," he wrote.
"LeBron has done everyting in the NBA. He can be the best athlete EVER if he makes the move to the NFL and wins a Super Bowl with Steeler Nation... #LeBronToPittsburgh."
Undeterred by the fact it very difficult to imagine the 14-time All Star moving to the NFL, Smith-Schuster followed his original tweet with two more posts.
In one, LeBron’s head and the number 23 were photoshopped on that of a Steelers players standing beside Smith-Schuster, while the other tweet simply stated “Let it happen”.
James was a good football player during his high school days, when he played wide receiver at St. Vincent-St. Mary.
In fact, James has reportedly entertained the idea of switching sports before and even made a commercial about it a few years ago.
Standing at 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, LeBron could surely find his role in an NFL roster if he wanted. Even, unsurprisingly he has not responded to the invite as yet.