LeBron wasn’t the only celebrity at his Appreciation Day at the University of Akron on Saturday. Among the 4,000 fans out to shower The King with love at the InfoCision Stadium was Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.
“Everyone in the state of Ohio wants you to be a Cavalier forever,” Tressel said. “We have great things we can do down the road and we can’t do them without you.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time Tressel has tried to recruit LeBron. The first time was in 2001, when he hoped Akron’s most famous son would join the Buckeyes’ receiving corps.
Last May on the Dan Patrick show, Tressel said LeBron is “so competitive and so physical. The speed at which he goes at 265 pounds, I don’t know if there’s anyone in the world — at that size — who moves like that. I remember watching his high school football film, I mean it was frightening.”
James finished his junior season with 57 receptions for 1,160 yards and 16 touchdowns, leading the Irish to the state semifinals. Unfortuantely for Tressel, LeBron also finished his high-school career as Ohio’s Mr. Basketball — three times.
While it’s doubtful Tressel’s plea will do much to sway The Chosen One, the two do have a unique sports relationship. James dreamt of being a two-sport star for Ohio State before deciding to jump straight to the NBA. Still, he’s made his way back to OSU’s campus for many of the team’s biggest games, including Texas in 2006 and Penn State in 2008. James was also given a ceremonious No. 23 Ohio State basketball jersey by Buckeyes coach Thad Matta last year during a preseason game between the Cavaliers and Celtics at Value City Arena. [The Ozone]