Jets interested in U.S. Olympic track star
Jeff Demps | U.S Olympic Track and Field
Jeff Demps | U.S Olympic Track and Field
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Posted Aug 16, 2012


Barely one week after claiming a silver medal at the London Olympics, track star Jeff Demps is interested in trading in his running shoes for football cleats.

The theme for the New York Jets this offseason has been ‘One Step Faster’, so when 22-year-old Olympian and former University of Florida running back Jeff Demps declared his intentions to sign with an NFL team this week, the Jets added their name to a list of potential suitors.

Demps earned a silver medal with the U.S. 400-meter relay team during the 30th Olympiad, fulfilling one of his childhood dreams. Back in January Demps announced he would put his football career on hold and focus on his preparation for the London Olympics. Demps opted to forgo pre-draft workouts and the NFL’s scouting combine as the former Gator went undrafted at this past April’s NFL draft.

With a successful trip to London in the record books, the speedy Demps has set his sights on resuming his football career. Tim Tebow, a former teammate of Demps at Florida, spoke to the budding young star about his time in New York and what to expect from life in the NFL.

“I talk to him as a friend, but the Jets (are) a great organization and a great place," said Tebow of his conversation with Demps. “Would we love to have him? Absolutely. I would as a teammate just because I know how hard he works and what he could bring to the table.”

With Demps expected to make a decision by Thursday night, NFL front offices are waiting with bated breath to find out which team lands one of the nation’s most gifted athletes. Demps spent the past six months away from the gridiron, but New York’s front office is convinced that the track star can hit the ground running in the NFL.

"Yeah, they asked me about him,” remarked Tebow of the Jets reported interest in Demps. “Jeff is a great guy and a great player and he is someone that I was proud to play with in college. He did a great job for us, in college. I feel like wherever he goes he’ll work hard and do a good job for that team.”


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