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Nate Robinson is hoping for a career in the NFL

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Free agent Nate Robinson has enjoyed an exciting career that has seen him entertain crowds up throughout the NBA for the best part of a decade. 

But having been waived by the New Orleans Pelicans at the beginning of the season, the 31-year-old is hoping to make a dramatic change to his career.

The three-time Slam Dunk Contest winner is preparing to give up basketball in the hope of pursuing a career in the NFL. He made the announcement in a YouTube video.

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The NBA to NFL transition has never been done in the history of both organisations but Nate believes he can be the first person to make the jump from the hardwood to the gridiron. 

In the video, NFL tight end Marcedes Lewis and NBA players Jamal Crawford and Glen “Big Baby” Davis give their views on Robinson and all insist he could be the first ever athlete to make the jump.

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The Seattle native was a two-sport athlete as a freshman at the University of Washington, playing cornerback for the Huskies' football team before choosing basketball as his primary sport.

However, the former Knicks point insists his better sport was always football growing up and insists he knows the game well enough - despite not playing in 11 years - to make the most of any opportunity that comes his way. 

During his freshman year at college, Robinson played all 13 football games for the Huskies and started his final six at cornerback - including the Sun Bowl - intercepting two passes and making 34 tackles. 

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After deciding to concentrate on basketball, Nate went on to be drafted 21st in 2005 by the Phoenix Suns. After being traded to Madison Square Garden, he averaged 12.5 points and 2.8 assists per game during his five-season stint in the Big Apple. 

He was traded to the Boston Celtics during the 2010-11 season and, despite having his minutes restricted during their playoff run, played a starring role in game six of the Eastern Conference finals as they overcame the Orlando Magic. 

After short stint at the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans, Robinson found himself without a franchise. 

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He will always be remembered for his three titles at All-Star weekend as he stunned viewers to win the dunk contest despite his small frame. He is the second smallest player in history to win the contest behind Spud Webb. 

His first title came in 2006 when he saw off competition from Andre Iguodala, Josh Smith and Hakim Warrick, to take the crown. He then went back-to-back in 2009 and 2010. His first of the double included a dunk over the back of Dwight Howard.

Whatever happens, Robinson is not short on confidence and if anyone can do it, Nate can.

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