NBA star played defensive back for one season while at the University of Washington

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RENTON — Nate Robinson may not have been entirely serious when he took to Twitter to request a Seahawks tryout.

But the idea of Robinson as a pro football player isn’t completely a joke either, and you can consider coach Pete Carroll someone willing to play along with the idea.

“We know you have great handles, but the question is: does it translate to DB skills?” Carroll said to Robinson, via Twitter. “I kinda think it does.”

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There’s a little bit of history here as USC was one of the schools that recruited Robinson out of Rainier Beach. And while Robinson has played six seasons in the NBA, the possibility of playing a little football isn’t as ridiculous as it might sound. Robinson played a year of cornerback for the University of Washington, and intercepted a pass in the Apple Cup.

Robinson said via Twitter that he was ready to show Carroll he still had some football skills.

“Coach give me a chance and I’ll prove it to u,” he said.

Carroll said practice started at 1:30 p.m., and requested Robinson bring his cleats. Practice came and went without an appearance from Robinson.

“He may be a little distracted with basketball, I don’t know,” Carroll said afterward. “If he is, he probably won’t be able to do it. But if he can get focused, there’s always a chance.”

The funny thing is, it may not be as ridiculous as it sounds.

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