Newsday's Bob Glauber goes the extra yard for the inside scoop on the NFL.
Could a Big Baby make it in the NFL?
Probably not, but he says he's going to try.
In an interview with ESPN the Magazine, Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis said he wants to play in the NFL — but not before he becomes an elite NBA player.
That may take a while.
Davis won a championship with Boston in his rookie season, but has averaged just 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in his career (though he pushed those totals to 15.8 and 5.6 while filling in for Kevin Garnett in last year's playoffs). He's only started 17 of the 145 regular-season games he's played in, and he's currently in hot water with his team because he sustained a broken right thumb while fighting with a friend that will keep him out six weeks.
Apparently Davis, who signed a two-year, $6 million deal in August, was quite a football player at University Laboratory High School in Baton Rouge, La. But he ended his football days when he accepted a scholarship to play hoops at LSU.
Said Davis: "I will try it. When I become an All-Star in the NBA, when I become a great player in the NBA, then I'll try football. One of my dreams has always been to play football.
"I definitely could have made it to the NFL."
Below are some clips of Davis (currently 6-9, 290 pounds) playing defensive end and tailback (!) as a sophomore. Keep in mind this is the same guy who cried after Garnett yelled at him during a timeout.