Football Was My First Love
… Boxing Was Plan B
Now just imagine what he could’ve done if his heart was in it …
We’ll never know … cause “The Real Deal” tells TMZ Sports boxing was actually his SECOND choice for athletic greatness as a kid, with his real passion lying on the gridiron.
Holyfield was out in NYC when we asked him about the latest dominant athlete in the family — his son Elijah — a HS football stud with offers from huge college programs like USC, Florida, and Auburn.
Check out the clip — Holyfield told us that he’s not at all miffed that his son chose football over the sweet science and says he might have done the same at his age … except the coaches told him he was too small.
The kid grew, fellas. The kid grew.