LeBron James a Fan of Oregon Ducks New Uniforms (PHOTO)
Miami Heat superstar LeBron James may not have gone to college, but he got to briefly experience life as an Oregon Duck on Monday.
James visited Nike's headquarters in Oregon, according to Graham Watson of Yahoo! Sports. While there he got to see the new Oregon Ducks football uniforms up close and even tried on some gloves. James then tweeted a photo of himself with the gloves along with shots of the Ducks' new helmets (see left).
LeBron is not the only member of the Heat who enjoys the uniforms. His teammate Norris Cole tweeted, "Oregon uniforms is fire!!! #Salute Nike" earlier this month, a post that was retweeted by LeBron as well.
James, of course, jumped right into the NBA without going to college, though he was a big-time high school football player as well. According to ESPN, James was an all-state wide receiver as both a sophomore and junior before giving up the sport as a senior.
James' pictures make us wonder how he would do as a member of the Ducks' football team. Oregon has become known over the last few years for its offensive prowess. Currently the team is ranked fifth in the country in points per game. Last season, too, the team ranked first in the nation in rushing and fourth in the nation in total yards per game.
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Back in the mid-2000s, when young James was still in high school, the Ducks already had a pretty good offense. In 2003, which would have been James' freshman season, Oregon finished 8-5 but scored less than 20 points in just four of its games, all losses. By 2005, the squad was 10-2 and lost to Oklahoma in the Holiday Bowl.
Oregon may not have been desperate for offensive talent at the time, but a weapon like James couldn't have hurt. Maybe with him the team could have advanced to an actual BCS bowl game instead of bowls like the Holiday Bowl that no one except the schools and sponsors care about.
Of course, even if James did decide to play football, it's unknown if he would have wanted to play for a school like Oregon all the way across the country. After all, he could have stayed closer to home and played for a school like Ohio State instead.
Sadly, we will never know what type of skills LeBron James would have brought to Oregon or any other college football team. But it's still fun to think about.
Hat Tip to KGW.com in Portland.
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