Nate Robinson Plans To Play In NFL, But It's No Slam Dunk

Talk about a game-changer.

Nate Robinson, the NBA veteran who has played far above his 5-foot-9 height in 11 seasons, is reaching for new heights: professional football.

Robinson said in a Lead Sports video posted recently that he will attempt to play in the NFL. "If somebody gave me a real opportunity, I know I could play," he noted in the clip above.

Robinson is no stranger to shoulder pads. According to, Robinson played 13 games for the University of Washington football team in 2002, collecting 34 tackles and two interceptions. He, of course, was a basketball standout at Washington and went on to play for the New York Knicks and several other teams. He is an unsigned free agent after being waived by the New Orleans Pelicans this season.

He is perhaps best known for fierce and fabulous dunks despite his height. 

Robinson has won the NBA slam-dunk title three times.

But those credentials don't add up to an NFL career and neither do his 31 years of age. He also would be making history. According to Sports Illustrated, Robinson would only be the second player to transition from the NBA to NFL, the first being Bud Grant in the 1950s.



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