In an interview airing later this week on CBSSports.com, Lakers forward Ron Artest revealed that he intends to try out for an NFL team when his contract with the Lakers is up after the 2013-14 season.
Artest, who taped the interview at the Lakers’ practice facility on Saturday — his 31st birthday — has also said he’s training for a second career as a heavyweight boxer when his basketball days are over.
“God willing, after my NBA career, God willing I’m still athletic enough – which I’m trying to take care of my body as best as possible and be prepared for this day, for this tryout of an NFL team,” Artest said.
“Boxing, I’m not worried about. I’ve been training for two years. That’s not going to be a hard part. I think football … what team is going to give me a shot? It’s a fantasy of mine. It’s an opportunity because I’m athletic. So if that fantasy can be fulfilled, and if it’s something that can really be reached as far as a goal, I’m going for it.”
Sure, he could run the Wildcat.
Here’s a preview clip (linked here). As you can see in the background, KCBS Channel 2’s Jim Hill is already texting about it.