There are some people that are synonymous with their sports. Michael Jordan with basketball, Babe Ruth with baseball and Wayne Gretzky with Hockey. In the soccer world, it's Pele — and he nearly made the jump from legendary soccer player to NFL kicker.
During Super Bowl week in New Jersey, the now 73-year-old Pele talked about how after he stopped playing soccer in 1977, he tried out several times for the New York Giants and was even offered an invitation to join the NFL and play for the team, but decided to decline.
Pele told the media that he didn't want the added responsibilities of playing for another sport and returning to the sports world after so many years in soccer.
Pele helped the Brazil team win three World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1970 and scored over 1,200 goals during his playing time.
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