Quarterbacking the Celtics

December, 12, 2012
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New England Patriots on InstagramRajon Rondo chats with Patriots retired offensive lineman Matt Light at halftime of Monday's game.
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is a big football fan. Just the other night he was tossing the pigskin around the Celtics' locker room and, in the offseason, he organized west coast workouts with Danny Ainge joking he did such solely to play flag football.

By all accounts, Rondo was a talented high school quarterback. With his pure speed and athleticism, you can't help but wonder, if Rondo had focused his energy on the gridiron, could he have extended his football career to the college level or beyond?

"I mean, it's easy to say that, but I don't know," said Rondo. "I don't take what [professional football players] do lightly. But I think I could have played. I could have given it a shot."

Rondo. who essentially committed to basketball when he transfered to hoops power Oak Hill Academy to finish his high school career, admitted he never considered pursuing football beyond his high school glory days.

"No, I didn't think about playing at Kentucky," said Rondo. "High school days, but not college. When I got to college, it was just one-track minded, which was basketball and get to the league."

Rondo, sporting a Wes Welker jersey, strolled the Patriots' sideline at halftime of Monday's game versus the Texans at Gillette Stadium. He noted on Tuesday, "Every time I go, I try to at least get on the field and see the game from there."

So what did Rondo learn from Monday's experience?

"Execution. Everybody has to be held accountable, all 11 guys on the field, and I think we can take something from that as a team in basketball, because five guys have to be on the court, and individual guys don't win the game in football," said Rondo. "It's a team effort."

Informed that coach Doc Rivers, who joined him in Foxborough and sat in on the Patriots' pregame offensive meetings, had suggested Rondo and Kevin Garnett were the Tom Bradys of the Celtics, Rondo took it as a compliment to be compared to a three-time champion and two-time MVP.

"Oh, really? I mean, quarterback [and] point guard, it's pretty much the same thing," said Rondo. "I don't know about Tom Brady."

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksK. Humphries 0.9