Several years ago, LeBron James even filmed a commercial in which he "shocked the world" by ditching the NBA and signing with his hometown squad, the Cleveland Browns.

As it turns out, that commercial my not be as far-fetched as it seems.

James follows football very closely. He loves to express his affinity for his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, on Twitter and in person.

During a recent Twitter Q&A, James was asked whether he could see himself playing pro football. His answer may surprise you:

In high school, James convinced his mom to let him hit the gridiron, even though he was risking his bright basketball future with each game. The 6-foot-8 James was a star receiver for St. Vincent-St. Mary's, and he received offers to play football at nearly all of the nation's top programs.

Even though he hasn't put on pads since his high school days, he's said he misses football every day and has received high praise from some of the game's best players.

"That dude is just that talented," Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant told "I think it would take him probably about a good two weeks to get very acquainted with football, knowing what he's supposed to do. I think that's all he'd need with his physical ability. I've seen a little bit of his highlights from high school. He's got the hands, he can run the routes, he's fast enough. He could play in this league if he put it all together."

A few months ago Grantland's Bill Barnwell explored the idea of James playing football, and he wrote that while many have pegged James as a tight end, he could also line up as a defensive lineman. Or, with his considerable skill-set, James could be a hybrid player who has different roles depending on the down and situation.

When James would find time to play in a pro football game is perhaps the most difficult part of this equation, as the Miami Heat and any future team would likely not want the four-time MVP to risk his health by suiting up for an NFL squad. But perhaps a future lockout or free-agency period might prompt James to consider shelving his sneakers and lacing up some cleats.

After all, he wouldn't be the first NBA superstar to leave basketball to try out another sport.

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Connor Barwin has been known to take a direct route to opposing ball carriers.

The 27-year-old Eagles linebacker leads Philadelphia this year with three sacks. He's got a career total of 21 sacks to go along with 100 tackles.

When Barwin travels around cities, however, he doesn't always take the quickest route. Instead he opts for a more environmentally friendly one.

Barwin, who signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Eagles during the offseason, tweeted a photo Tuesday of the public bus he rode to work.

Anyone who has followed Barwin's career knows he loves to bike around cities, and he has been spotted throughout Philadelphia on his two-wheeler.

The son of a city planner, Barwin enjoys immersing himself in cities by taking public transportation.

When he played for the Houston Texans, Barwin drove a Toyota Prius to practice to practice (when he didn't take the bus, that is). Now he owns an electric-powered Tesla.

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