This week, the New York Jets were in hot pursuit of the fastest man in football, former Florida Gator and U.S. Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps, and they even had his former college teammate, Tim Tebow, involved.
Tebow confirmed that the Jets asked him to give Demps a courtesy call, after the 22-year-old former college football player expressed interest in coming to the NFL after a successful performance in the London Olympics.
Demps went undrafted after telling teams he planned on pursuing a career in track and field, and he won a silver medal in the 4×100 relay in London after winning championships in both football and track in college.
Projected anywhere from the fourth-seventh rounds had he decided to pursue football right away, Demps told teams a few weeks ago that he wanted to return to football, and he immediately became a pretty sought-after free agent.
Yet, despite Tebow and the Jets’ efforts, Jeff Demps has decided instead to sign with the AFC East rival New England Patriots, where he will presumably be the leading candidate for kick return duties in New England.
It would’ve been a nice pick-up for the Jets, and it’s certainly a nice low-risk, high-reward addition for the Patriots.
Only 5’7, 175 lbs, Demps brings blazing speed to the table, and although he won’t reunite with Tim Tebow in New York, he will reunite with Gator alumni Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Spikes, among others.