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LeBron James recounts Jerry Jones’ offer to join Cowboys, gives football scouting report of himself

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LeBron James talked some football with Peyton and Eli Manning during the brothers’ “Monday Night Football” MegaCast for the Week 3 Cowboys-Eagles matchup.

In particular, Eli brought up the story of how Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones tried to sign King James during the NBA lockout of 2011. James added that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made overtures at that time, too, adding that he “definitely thought about it” and still has the jerseys he got out of that pursuit.

If you’re wondering how LeBron might have looked in a Cowboys uniform …

And if you’re also wondering what type of NFL player James would have been, here’s the scouting report from the man himself:

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“I wanted to be a red-zone specialist … like (Rob Gronkowski),” said James, who weighs in at 6-9, 250 pounds.

James was a freakish football talent in high school, as evidenced by the clip the Mannings ran during their spot — he was a man among boys on the gridiron, too. But the footage also highlighted a problem: The pass appeared to come to him on a hop.

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And that had James taking a dig at the fellow throwing the ball.

“Listen, I think if I would have had a better quarterback in high school, I might would have continued to play football, but I took way too many hits. That led me to the basketball court,” he said.

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Peyton Manning replied that James “chose wisely” by sticking with basketball. Indeed, James is about to begin his 19th NBA season and his fourth with the Lakers. He’s looking to win a second NBA title with Los Angeles — his fifth overall — and is a 17 All-Star, 17-time All-NBA selection, four-time MVP and four-time NBA Finals MVP.

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