Jun 19 2013, 12:31am CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
The U.K. Daily Mirror reported on June 18 that the scout contacted Beckham to see if he would be interested. This comes at a time when he was contemplating his future with the L.A. Galaxy.
Beckham, the former Manchester United midfielder who made it clear he hoped to return to the United States to help with the growth of Major League Soccer (MLS), apparently has the ability to kick with accuracy from afar which prompted the invite.
Wesseling also cites the examples of former Tottenham striker Clive Allen Welsh rugby star Paul Thorburn as some who tried their luck on the gridiron. However, he also says "no high-profile soccer star ever has made the successful conversion to American football."
The report also referred to several quotes from a Hollywood source which gushed about Beckham's kicking ability.
"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.
"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 and week out.
"It was obvious too that if Becks took up the offer the any NFL franchise would be interested as his international appeal would generate billions in PR and commercial opportunities."
"The offer came in and he politely said that it wasn't right for him. Perhaps in the next few months he could change his mind."
While Beckham turned the offer down, the NFL is definitely interested in long-distance field goal kickers. Newsmax's Clyde Hughes referred to the Associated Press' stats from the 2010 NFL season, when NFL kickers made 55.9 percent of field goals which were at least 50 yards out.
Beckham has already made an impact as a soccer star in the United States. Whether he can still do the same thing in the NFL as a 38-year-old kicker is a remote possibility for now.
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