Nov 11, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. The Spurs defeated the Sixers 109-85. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kawhi Leonard says he could have played in the NFL

Kawhi Leonard is going to be the face of the Spurs when Tim Duncan finally calls it quits, and he’s blossoming into a star. Well, it seems that the Spurs could have been without him, according to

Long before he became the Spurs’ starting small forward, the so-called future face of the franchise or indubitably the breakout star of the latest round of H-E-B grocery chain commercials, Kawhi Leonard was something else entirely.

He was a football player.

Leonard played safety and wide receiver growing up in Riverside, Calif. That lasted until his ninth-grade year. Then, he quit the game for good.

“I hated putting on pads,” Leonard said. “I was good. I probably could have gone to the NFL. I just hated practice.”

Leonard is extremely long, and has the biggest hands I have ever seen. I have no doubt that he could have been an elite wide receiver in the NFL. He is one of the best defenders in the NBA, and the Spurs should be counting their blessings. He had 16 points in a win over the Celtics on Wednesday night.

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