Via Larry Brown Sports:
David Beckham, NFL kicker? The idea may sound crazy to some, but apparently there was a scout from an NFL team who thought it might be a good idea.
According to The Daily Mirror, Beckham was recently contacted by an NFL scout as he contemplated his future with the LA Galaxy. The soccer star announced his retirement from the Galaxy last month, which opened the window for an NFL team to offer him a tryout as a placekicker.
Beckham is planning to continue helping the growth of American soccer after he retires, but it would stand to reason that he could help the NFL as well. While some players absolutely despise the idea, the NFL has been contemplating moving a full-time franchise to London. Two NFL games are already played overseas each year, so it would stand to reason that Beckham could help market American football even further in his home country.
The Mirror’s source reportedly speculated that Beckham’s shot-shaping expertise could translate well to kicking field goals.
“A couple of scouts felt that David has the potential to become a kicker in the NFL team, and one actually put a call into him for a trial,” the source said. “It is no secret that David is one of the best in the business when it comes to accuracy and length in his passing. And he has stood on the greatest stages to perform magnificent feats with his feet.
“Major league kickers can send the ball 40 yards straight – David has shown for the last 15 years he can do that week in week out.”
The source also talked about how much money Beckham could generate in international marketing and PR, which is likely what any NFL team that was interested in him would be looking for. Unfortunately, the 38-year-old declined the offer. I’d personally love to see what he can do.