Jeff Demps Signs with New England Patriots: 3 Sprinters Who Succeeded in the NFL

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Jeff Demps Signs with New England Patriots: 3 Sprinters Who Succeeded in the NFL
Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps has signed with the New England Patriots, according to James Walker of ESPN. 

Demps, a Florida Gators running back and 2012 NFL Draft prospect, decided to put his professional football career on hold in order to participate in the 2012 Summer Olympics. 

An NCAA champion in 2010 in the 60m and 100m dash, Demps earned a silver medal in London by way of participating in the preliminary rounds for Team USA's 4x100m relay, but not in the finals. 

As you can see here, Demps is quite the speedster both on and off the gridiron. As speed kills in the NFL, several teams were interested in signing the rookie once London 2012 ended. 

NFLdraftscout.com projected Demps as not much more than a fifth or sixth-round pick if he had entered this year's draft. 

Certainly, his exposure at the Olympics had a lot to do with the amount of interest he generated these past few weeks. Speed is only one of many skills a successful NFL player can have, and even Olympic speed can't make up for things Demps may be lacking elsewhere. 

However, this isn't the first time an athlete who first became a sprinter tried his luck in the NFL. What other notables have done so, and how have they fared? 

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