Nate Robinson seeks to jump from the NBA to NFL | Inquirer Sports

Nate Robinson seeks to jump from the NBA to NFL

/ 12:28 PM March 11, 2016

The Chicago Bulls bench including Nate Robinson (2) and Joakim Noah, center right, celebrates a basket against the Brooklyn Nets during the third overtime in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Chicago. The Bulls won 142-134 in three overtimes. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Nate Robinson (wearing jersey #2) plans to become the second athlete to transition from the NBA to the NFL. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Nate Robinson is trading his basketball sneakers for a pair of football cleats.

According to a report from SportsIllustrated.com, the 31-year-old intends to make a career shift to professional football.

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Robinson, a three-time NBA slam dunk champion, believes he is capable of making the leap.

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“I haven’t played in 11 years, 12 years, but I know how to tackle, I know how to play, I know how to hit, I know how to catch. I know it all. If someone gave me a real opportunity, I know I could play”, said the 5’9 ex-NBA guard.

Robinson played football in high school, where he tallied more than 1,200 rushing yards and 500 yards receiving along with 21 touchdowns.

He also went to college on a football scholarship, but wound up focusing on basketball instead.

Robinson also took to Instagram to ask people take his dream seriously. He wrote: For once can they take me serious please? It’s crazy cause people will tell you that you can’t do something cause they couldn’t do it… So take my approach if it doesn’t apply let it fly #holdat #dreamchaser

For once can they take me serious please ? It’s crazy cause people will tell you that you can’t do something cause they couldn’t do it… So take my approach if it doesn’t apply let it fly #holdat #dreamchaser

A photo posted by Nate Robinson (@naterobinson) on Mar 10, 2016 at 3:03pm PST


The diminutive guard is still best known for his “Kryptonate” performance in the 2009 NBA Slam dunk contest, where he bested 6’11 Dwight Howard for the title.

Robinson last played in the NBA for New Orleans Pelicans in 2015 where he came off the bench.

He also suited for the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers.

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