Pete Carroll on Nate Robinson’s Jump To NFL: ‘All But Impossible’ [VIDEO]
For the benefit of the ones who are not aware, Robinson did play football in college. This happened back in 2002 when he was still at the University of Washington. But as everyone knows, Robinson opted to pursue a basketball career and that alone is a big difference.
Word about Robinson’s intent to try his luck in the NFL came out back in March though not many were convinced he could successfully make the transition. Though he did get a workout with the Seattle Seahawks, coach Pete Carroll gave an update on the chances of the only three-time NBA slam dunk champion.
Summing it all up, Pete Carroll says it was “all but impossible” via the Seattle Times.
“It’s as hard as it could possibly get,” Pete Carroll continued. “And he’s 32, as well. So it would be, I don’t know if anybody could do it. But if anybody could it might be Nate. He’s that versatile of an athlete and that great a competitor.’’
While the outlook doesn’t look promising for Robinson, Pete Carroll adds that the 32-year-old cager is weighing his options. If he fails in his bid to make the NFL, he could test the waters and join the cramped NBA free agent market this Summer.
If he fails to latch on to an NBA team, Robinson could likely try his luck overseas like other NBA cagers who have failed to return to the NBA.
Pete Carroll did praise Robinson for possessing the quickness and catching the ball really well. But in the NFL, it may take more than that for someone to survive, emphasis on the physicality of the sport.