The Brazilian soccer legend revealed that he "did well" in multiple tryouts to become a kicker for the New York Giants after retiring from soccer.
The Brazilian said he was asked to play in the NFL after he "did well" in a few tryouts, but he decided not to pursue a football career because he didn't want to take on extra responsibilities at the time.
In an interview with ESPN Brasil two days before the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks meet in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the 73-year-old said kicking "wasn't too hard for him."
Pele, a three-time World Cup winner, retired from the New York Cosmos in 1977. He did not say when he had his tryouts with the Giants, who shared a stadium with the Cosmos at the Meadowlands.