SAO PAULO (AP) Pele says the New York Giants invited him to be a kicker after retiring from soccer with the Cosmos.
The Brazilian great says he was asked to join the NFL team after he ”did well” in a few tryouts. But he decided not to accept the invitation because he didn’t want to take on more responsibilities at the time.
The 73-year-old Pele said in an interview with ESPN Brasil in New York that kicking was ”wasn’t too hard for him,” but he didn’t want to return to sports after a long soccer career. He did not say exactly when he received the invitation.
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Pele led Brazil to three World Cup titles and scored more than 1,000 goals. He retired from the Cosmos in 1977.