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Updated: January 22nd, 2014 1:54pm
One writer wonders: How would Wolves bruiser Nikola Pekovic do in NFL?

One writer wonders: How would Wolves bruiser Nikola Pekovic do in NFL?

by Derek Wetmore
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Have you ever wondered what athletes would look like if they played a different sport?

Ben Golliver, of Sports Illustrated, wondered that very thing in this post: NBA players who would dominate on the gridiron.

The premise was simple. Golliver selected players from the NBA who also would make good football players, based on their body type and athleticism.

Wolves fans will find it unsurprising that Nikola Pekovic made the list. He demonstrates terrific strength in the post and balances that with sufficient agility.

Golliver made Pekovic his left guard. From the post:

Pekovic is one of the strongest and most imposing players in the NBA, he bears a giant tattoo of a knight standing on a bed of human skulls on his left arm, and the Timberwolves have pitched him as one-half of the "Bruise Brothers" (along with Kevin Love). Sounds perfectly suited to this thankless task.

Here is the rest of Golliver's offensive line:

Left Tackle: Dwight Howard (6-11, 240), Rockets
Left Guard: Nikola Pekovic (6-11, 243), Timberwolves
Center: Andrew Bogut (7-0, 245), Warriors
Right Guard: Jared Sullinger (6-9, 280), Celtics
Right Tackle: Andre Drummond (6-10, 270), Pistons

Wolves fans, are there other players you'd like to see try another sport? Kevin Love and Chase Budinger can play a little volleyball. Perhaps J.J. Barea as a horse jockey?

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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