June 5, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half in game five of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat of the 2012 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
This interview with Rajon Rondo is pretty much just another typical offseason fluff piece, but hey, it is all good fun.
"I didn't watch a lot of NBA games growing up," he says. "I watched the Green Bay Packers. I always had dreams of being an NFL player. I was a high school quarterback and I really think that has helped me become a leader on the basketball court. They are pretty much the same position. "The quarterback is the guy who calls all the plays and gets all the attention and the same with the point guard in basketball. You have to hit the open man." Basketball became a natural progression during high school as his skills - and his reputation - developed. "I played all three sports growing up - basketball, football and baseball - but I narrowed it down after my first year of high school and realised then I had a chance of making the NBA," says Rondo. "I was starting to dominate and I don't want it to sound like I've got a big head but the competition around me was easy. At Oak Hill Academy, Josh Smith went straight to the NBA out of high school so I knew then that if I worked on my game I could make the NBA myself."
Makes me wonder, who else on the Celtics (and if you like, across the NBA) would be good at football? Brandon Bass looks a bit like a tight end. Didn't Nate Robinson play college football or am I imagining that? Also, still can't believe Big Baby didn't play for LSU's football team.