Former Florida Gators running back Jeff Demps temporarily gave up his NFL dreams to pursue track and field and make a run in the 2012 London Olympics. The risk paid off as Demps was a part of the USA men’s 4 x 100m relay team and received a silver medal for his part in helping the team qualify for the final race.
Now that Demps has the silver medal under his belt, he is set to once again pursue his NFL dreams.Â According to a source close to Demps, he has signed with an agent and is ready to attempt to make a NFL roster this season.
Last season, Demps hadÂ 569 yards rushing and six touchdowns for the Gators. He finished his college career with 23 total touchdowns and over 2,400 rushing yards. He also adds a dynamic presence on special teams with his speed. Demps averaged an impressiveÂ 28.8 yards per return in his career.
Demps went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft because he had informed teams of his plans to pursue his track career over football.
If Demps is serious about pursuing his NFL career, it is hard to imagine that a team will not take a shot on him. You can’t teach speed and Demps is one of the fastest men in the world. He would surely be an intriguing utility player and should attract more than a few NFL personnel members.