Olympic Sprinter Jeff Demps Recruited to New York Jets by Tim Tebow

One of the biggest stories in the league in recent days has been the news that former Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps is pursuing a career as a running back in the National Football League.

The New York Jets are one of the teams interested in him, and they have enlisted backup quarterback Tim Tebow to help with their recruiting process.

“Yeah, they asked me about him,” Tebow said. “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.”

“I talk to him as a friend, but the Jets [are] a great organization and a great place,” Tebow said. “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.”

Tebow played with Demps for two years at the University of Florida. The pair helped lead Florida to a national championship in 2008.

But then they went their separate ways.

Tebow became a first round draft pick, a miracle worker for the Denver Broncos, the most popular athlete in the world, an ESPY winner for the most memorable sports moment of the year, and now a backup quarterback in the biggest media market in the country.

Demps headed to the Olympics, where he won a silver medal winner in the 400 meter relay race. But now the 22-year old is interested in pursuing a career in professional football, where he would become, easily, the fastest player in the league.

Demps is a free agent and eligible to sign with any team he desires. His agent says that most teams have called about Demps. Rumors have circulated that he is expected to sign by Monday.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.


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