Allen Iverson explains why he always loved football more than basketball: “I thought basketball was soft”

Allen Iverson explains why he always loved football more than basketball: “I thought basketball was soft”

Allen Iverson will forever be remembered as one of the most exciting guards to ever play in the NBA and his impact on culture surpassed even his accomplishments on the basketball court to a certain degree. Before his NBA career kicked off, some say Iverson even had a chance of making it into the pros as a football player. Iverson was known as a great competitor with a tremendous amount of talent which resulted in him getting recruited by top colleges around the country to come and play football for their teams.

Iverson earned the Associated Press High School Player of the Year award in both football and basketball and won the Division AAA Virginia state championship in both sports. Despite choosing to play for Georgetown and dedicate his career in basketball, Iverson said he always loved football more than basketball.

In one of his older interviews, Iverson remembered the time when he was a kid that just started to play basketball. He refused to practice and at first didn’t like the game because he thought it was too soft. Luckily for all his fans out there, Iverson decided to stick with basketball instead of football.

“Football is my favorite sport. I remember the first time when my mom wanted me to play basketball. I came back home from school and she told me I’m going to basketball practice. I cried and told her I don’t want to play basketball. I thought basketball was soft. Football was so competitive. Every down is important regardless of what position you play.  I was the best and it ain’t no secret to it. You can ask anybody out there.”