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After the Lakers, Ron Artest wants to play in the NFL

Nov 18, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

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In NBA locker rooms filled with the long and lanky, Ron Artest stands out — he is thick and built like a weak side linebacker.

When he’s done with the Lakers, he’d like the chance to be one. That’s what he told CBSSports (as part of a wide ranging issue that touches on the raffle of his ring and more).

“God willing, after my NBA career, God willing I’m still athletic enough – which I’m trying to take care of my body as best as possible and be prepared for this day, for this tryout of an NFL team,” Artest said. “… It’s a fantasy of mine. It’s an opportunity because I’m athletic. So if that fantasy can be fulfilled, and if it’s something that can really be reached as far as a goal, I’m going for it.”

When Artest is done with his Lakers contract he will be at least 33, if he picks up the $7.7 million option year at the end you can make that 34. At that age he would enter an NFL tryout having not tackled anyone in pads — or taken a hit after he caught the ball — since high school.

But reality sucks, so lets ignore all that. If anyone has the mentality to pull it off, if anyone is going to stay in the condition needed, it’s Artest. And the good news? No technical fouls for looking funny at the ref in the NFL.

Maybe by the time his contract is over, Artest can play for the NLF team in Los Angeles… nah, a team in LA by then is even a bigger pipe dream than Artest in the NFL.

  1. mustbenugs - Nov 18, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    I don’t know, I think when certain lockouts occur that we might see players in both football and basketball picking up one year options in other sports. Basketball athletes are athletes of another level. If they can keep healthy bodies and don’t break down early in thier career thier bodies can take them into the 50’s and still be beast…. EXAMPLE? Olajuwon… hes 47 and he can still put down better post moves than the beast that is Dwight Howard.

  2. thestudiokida - Nov 18, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    File this under What if. It’ll never happen.

  3. fouldwimmerliak - Nov 19, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    I will cheer for him gladly! I love anything that is the Lakers and I think Artest will be a tremendous addition to any NFL roster. Perhaps Phil Jackson can coach him. Oh joy!

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