Olympic Stars Who Could Play in Today's NFL

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Olympic Stars Who Could Play in Today's NFL
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The above heading isn’t such an outrageous thought, as there have been several well-known Olympic stars that have played in the NFL over the years.

The first big name that comes to mind is decathlete Jim Thorpe, who played in the NFL from 1919-25. The next major Olympian that made a significant splash in the league was sprinter Bob Hayes. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys, and his speed alone changed the way football teams scouted the wide receiver position.

In more recent times, NG Michael Carter, one of the greatest shot-putters in track and field history, won a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers in the same calendar year as his Olympic participation.

It would be hard for most Summer Games participants to play football, as they will have little preparation time from the end of the Olympics and the start of the NFL season.

Nevertheless, here are Olympic stars who could play in today’s NFL:

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