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Believe it or not, LeBron James is a man of many talents. When it comes to sports, in particular, there isn’t much the guy can’t do with a ball.

In High School, when he juggled both football and basketball, his talents and durability were obviously on another level. But by the time senior year rolled around, it was time for him to choose. James stopped playing football despite being one of the best in his class — but why?

Why not at least give it another year?

According to an Instagram post by the Lakers star, it was his friends who convinced him to stay away from the football field that season.

My homie @mister1223 just sent this to me from his son. His son said “I didn’t know Bron was #1 prospect in Ohio?? He said “Yeah Bron was nice in football too. His son response “THATS CRAZY! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. 60 reception, 1200 yards and 16 touchdowns my Junior year at WR. 😱.Men Lie, Women Lie, Numbers Don’t. Didn’t even play my senior year(I wanted to so BADLY) because my boys @siancotton_ @druondemand @chillwill03 @rometrav @brandonweems10 @frankiewalkersr wouldn’t let me. They said if I tried to step on a football field my senior year they would jump(kick my a**) me every day of practice until I had enough! Think I made a smart decision! Ha! Anyways you LB/CB/S can thank my homies I stayed over in the hoops lane or would have been plenty of highlights “Moss’d” on y’all.

 

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My homie @mister1223 just sent this to me from his son. His son said “I didn’t know Bron was #1 prospect in Ohio?? He said “Yeah Bron was nice in football too. His son response “THATS CRAZY! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. 60 reception, 1200 yards and 16 touchdowns my Junior year at WR. 😱.Men Lie, Women Lie, Numbers Don’t. Didn’t even play my senior year(I wanted to so BADLY) because my boys @siancotton_ @druondemand @chillwill03 @rometrav @brandonweems10 @frankiewalkersr wouldn’t let me. They said if I tried to step on a football field my senior year they would jump(kick my a**) me every day of practice until I had enough! Think I made a smart decision! Ha! Anyways you LB/CB/S can thank my homies I stayed over in the hoops lane or would have been plenty of highlights “Moss’d” on y’all. 😆😤 #ThekidfromAKRON🤴🏾 #JamesGang👑

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It’s not surprising an athlete as gifted as LeBron James showed so much promise in two major sports. Because of the nature of both, he was forced to chose one — and it seems as if it could have gone either way at the time.

I guess we have to credit some of his old basketball buddies for what we’ve all been able to witness the past few years. And James should thank them too — because sticking with basketball seemed to be the right decision.