Former Celtics reserve guard Nate Robinson told SLAM magazine he's interested in playing in the NFL if the NBA lockout lingers:
“I might go play football,” Robinson told SLAM on the phone. “Do something that nobody’s tried to do.”
More than a publicity stunt—see: Chad Ochocinco and soccer—there’s no doubting the 27-year-old’s pigskin pedigree.
The son of a college football player, Robinson initially attended the University of Washington on a football scholarship. The 5-9 Seattle native blossomed into a first round NBA Draft pick, but not before playing one stellar collegiate season at cornerback for the Huskies.
“If I can, I would love to play football a little bit,” says Robinson less than half-jokingly. “I’ve been doing a little bit of training.”
Let's remember that Glen Davis also said he wanted to go play in the NFL after becoming an NBA All-Star, then quickly backtracked. The day of Celtics players (or in Robinson's case, former Celtics players) as legitimate two-sport athletes likely ended with Danny Ainge.
But, hey, it's a lockout and anything players say is going to attract interest. If nothing else, it gave us a reason to bust out a training camp video of Robinson and Rajon Rondo playing catch in a gym down at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.