David Beckham was offered the chance to trial as an NFL kicker before joining Paris Saint-Germain earlier this year.
Beckham recently brought an end to his football career while with the Ligue 1 champions, but he could well have taken quite a different route than that to the French capital.
A report in the Mirror claims that while Beckham was considering his future after leaving LA Galaxy, a scout from an unnamed NFL franchise actually called the former England captain to propose him coming in for a trial.
It claims the scout believed the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star possessed the necessary skills to be a star kicker in the NFL.
Obviously, the Beckham image was a significant factor in the conception of the deal and the commercial benefits his name would bring any franchise.
"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 report quotes a Hollywood source as saying.
“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.
“It was obvious too that if Becks took up the offer then any NFL franchise would be interested as his international appeal would generate billions in PR and commercial opportunities.”
Understandably, Beckham decided to decline the offer and opted to make a move to PSG and help them secure the Ligue 1 title before his retirement.
The idea of Beckham becoming an NFL kicker may not be entirely implausible, as he showed off his ability to kick an American Football in this promotional advert…