Stories about college basketball players switching to football before going pro are a dime a dozen. But you don't often hear about a professional basketball player trading in the NBA for the NFL. That's exactly what Nate Robinson is trying to do.
The three-time Slam Dunk champion is attending a tryout with his hometown team, the Seattle Seahawks, with the hopes of playing defensive back and joining the vaunted Seahawks secondary. Robinson, 32, played 11 seasons in the NBA with 8 different teams and averaged 11 points per game. He most recently had a two game stint with the New Orleans Pelicans before heading to play in Israel with Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
Robinson is probably most well known for his freakish athleticism, which he often displays with highlight reel dunks while being listed at only 5-foot-9.
Robinson last played football in 2002, while at the University of Washington, where he played in all 13 games, and started six, at cornerback. He dropped football after that year to focus on basketball and was drafted #21 overall in the 2005 NBA Draft. In high school, Robinson totaled 21 touchdowns and over 1,700 total yards in his senior year.
This is Robinson's first NFL tryout and no player has successfully made the transition from the NBA to the NFL before.
Robinson released this video regarding his decision.