COMMENTARY | During his time in the NBA, Rajon Rondo has earned quite the reputation. He is an NBA champion, an All-Star, and one of the top point guards in the league. While many have questioned his attitude and ability to coexist with certain players, his basketball IQ is widely regarded as one of the best in the league.
At one point, like many other professional athletes, Rondo had serious interest in another sport. He is a fan of football, and even went as far as to once say that he could have played in the NFL. Certainly, some of this is Rondo's confidence, and borderline cockiness, speaking. It seems like there are quite a few athletes who believe they could play a different professional sport.
Rondo isn't alone here. In fact, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly thinks that Rondo could get the job done, and even want as far as to call Rajon the "ideal triggerman for his offense." Kelly, who previously coached at the University of Oregon, clearly thinks Rondo can bring his ability to pass to the football field. It's a different kind of passing, but you get the point.
This is a bit of a reach, and Kelly is probably exaggerating slightly, but it's certainly an interesting take. Kelly runs a unique offense and needs a quarterback who has a great feel for what is going on at all times. On the basketball court, this perfectly describes Rajon Rondo. Additionally, a player with Rondo's athleticism could potentially find a place in Kelly's system.
While many might believe that Rondo's athleticism and competitive fire could help him transition to the NFL, it's extremely unlikely that he could make it work. Even if he wanted to make a move to the football field, he simply doesn't have the training and knowledge that NFL quarterbacks possess. Even an extremely bright, freakish athlete such as LeBron James would have trouble making it in the NFL.
New Boston head coach Brad Stevens is hoping that Rajon Rondo can be the figurative quarterback that the Celtics will need this season. Rondo's ability to get others involved on a consistent basis will be a huge part of the team's development moving forward. Players such as Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Kelly Olynyk, and MarShon Brooks could thrive with Rondo setting them up.
Although some believe that he could be traded, it doesn't appear as if Rajon Rondo will be leaving the NBA anytime soon. Sorry, Chip Kelly.
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