Jeff Demps to switch from track to the NFL

Tuesday August 14th, 2012

Jeff Demps Jeff Demps is coming back to football after a foray into professional track. (Al Messerschmidt, Getty Images)

Jeff Demps went to London and won silver. Now he'll hope to win a Super Bowl trophy in the NFL. reports that Jeff Demps, who played running back for the Florida Gators football team in addition to running track in Gainesville, has filed paperwork with the NFL and intends to begin playing this season.

Demps was originally supposed to be eligible for this year's NFL Draft, but he instead decided to pursue a career in professional track. After running in a preliminary heat for the USA's 4x100 relay team in London (which still earned him a medal), Demps has decided to reverse course.

Due largely to his speed, Demps will be a coveted free agent. He won a national Championship with the Gators in 2009 and averaged between five and seven yards per carry in each of his four seasons at Florida.

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