Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/26/13

LeBron James was at one time arguably one of the best football prospects in the high school ranks, but a fairly successful basketball career kept him from ever seeing through his potential on the football field. So, while hundreds of NFL prospects invaded Indianapolis this week to test their skills at the NFL combine, James briefly reflected on his football career, according to Tom Haberstroh of ESPN. He talked about his own 40-yard dash time and even compared himself to one of the NFL’s most enigmatic prospects, Manti Te’o. Te’o didn’t show too well during his workouts in Indy, even posting a 4.82 40 time that left scouts disappointed and John Harbaugh shaking his head. James took a shot at Te’o's underwhelming workouts before the Heat played the Spurs in Miami on Tuesday night, even referencing his own 40 time as a comparison. LeBron on running a 4.6 40 yard dash this summer: "I was just messing around, no training. It's better than Manti Te'o, I'll tell you that."— NBA Legion (@MySportsLegion) February 26, 2013 LeBron’s freakish athleticism has been well documents over the years, from his 6-foot-9 frame to his 7-foot wingspan and accurate 3-point shooting (41 percent this season). But to run a 4.6-second 40 on a whim and without training is absurd even for someone as athletic as James. There is no telling what James might run if ever given the proper training to prepare for a formal 40-yard dash, but one thing we can be sure of is that he would have scouts drooling over his talent. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.

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