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Thursday 21 August 2014

David Beckham 'offered NFL trial'

David Beckham

David Beckham was reportedly approached about doing a trial with America's National Football League.

The former England captain began his career with Manchester United at age 17 and eventually came to the US to play for Los Angeles' Galaxy before his recent retirement.

According to UK newspaper The Mirror, the 38-year-old was approached about playing American football professionally before he bowed out of the sport.

"An NFL franchise scout contacted the star to see if he would be interested in trying out as a star kicker," according to the news outlet.

The offer is said to have been made while David was playing for the Galaxy before he moved to Paris Saint Germain.

The scout who approached the star apparently liked that in addition to David's potential ability kick long-range field goals, his name is commercially lucrative as well.

"It was obvious too that if Becks took up the offer then any NFL franchise would be interested as his international appeal would generate billions in PR and commercial opportunities," a source said.

David previously endured a training session with the NFL for a 2007 Adidas commercial.

He is said to have respectfully declined the offer to take that experience a step further.

"The offer came in and he politely said that it wasn't right for him," the insider added.

David previously said he felt it was the "right time" to retire after his five-month deal with PSG.

"I am thankful to Paris Saint-Germain for giving me the opportunity to continue, but I feel now is the right time to finish my career playing at the highest level," he said in April. "If you told me as a young boy that I would have played for, and won trophies with, my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over 100 times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I am fortunate to have realised those dreams."

The English soccer star collected 115 caps for his country and won league titles playing in four different countries throughout his career.

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