In a recent interview with the South China Morning Post, Rajon Rondo said that he wanted to become a NFL quarterback more than a NBA point guard as a youngster.
“I didn’t watch a lot of NBA games growing up,” he says. “I watched the Green Bay Packers. I always had dreams of being an NFL player. I was a high school quarterback and I really think that has helped me become a leader on the basketball court. They are pretty much the same position. The quarterback is the guy who calls all the plays and gets all the attention and the same with the point guard in basketball. You have to hit the open man.”
In the past, Steve Nash and Hakeem Olajuwon expressed how playing soccer as youngsters gave them the unique footwork that they possess on the basketball court. Kevin Love does yoga in the offseason to remain as flexible as possible. And Tim Duncan boxes during the offseason to maintain his footwork and conditioning. Playing other sports can sometimes help you refine your game on the basketball court and Rajon Rondo has found a way to use his quarterback skills to make him one of the toughest point guards that the NBA has ever seen. How many other players in the NBA would play a playoff game with a dangling arm - only the ones that were tough enough to play the quarterback position.