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Thunder guard Nate Robinson says he might try out for NFL

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, Modified: July 11, 2011 at 8:24 pm •  Published: July 11, 2011

Oklahoma City Thunder reserve guard Nate Robinson, who originally attended the University of Washington on a football scholarship and played cornerback for one season with the Huskies, told SLAM Magazine on Monday he might try out with an NFL team if the NBA lockout lingers too long.

“I might go play football,” the 5-foot-9 Robinson said. “Do something that nobody's tried to do. If I can, I would love to play football a little bit. I've been doing a little bit of training. Why wouldn't you want to have an NBA player that can play football try out? That's a lot of publicity for your organization.”

Robinson is guaranteed $4.5 million in the final year of his contract with the Thunder next season.

Robinson's father, Jacque, was a standout running back at UW and was named most valuable player of the 1985 Orange Bowl after rushing for 135 yards against Oklahoma.