U.S. Olympic medalist Jeff Demps files paperwork to play in NFL

Jeff Demps competes in the Men's 100 meter dash semi final on day two of the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Hayward Field on June 24, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Jeff Demps competes in the Men's 100 meter dash semi final on day two of the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Hayward Field on June 24, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon.
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

(CBS News) Jeff Demps, you've just won a silver medal at the London Games in the U.S.'s 4x100 meter relay. How are you going to top that?

Make millions in the NFL, if the sprinter has his way.

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapaport, Demps has already filed his paperwork to play pro football.

Running back Jeff Demps (28) of the Florida Gators runs for a 52-yard touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores November 5, 2011 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.
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Demps, who was a star running back at the University of Florida, went undrafted because he said he wanted to pursue his track career. Now, a week after snagging a silver medal for running in the preliminary heats for the U.S. men's 4x100 relay team, he's had a change of heart. With no more college eligibility, he immediately becomes a free agent.

Let the bidding begin.

A quick Google search shows there have actually been quite a few Olympic medal winners who have played in the NFL. But most have had fleeting success on the gridiron.

Demps, however, figures to have a good shot at making a splash in the NFL. He rushed for 2,470 yards and 23 touchdowns in his Gator career. He could very well follow in the footsteps of James Jett. The former West Virginia star, who won a gold medal winner at the 1992 Barcelona Games in the 4 x 100-meter relay, went on to play nine productive seasons as a wide receiver, mostly for the Raiders. In 1997, he won the NFL "fastest man" competition.

But the gold standard of gold medal winners turned NFL stars is Bob Hayes. Dubbed the world's fastest human, Hayes won the gold in the 100 meters at the 1964 Tokyo Games and became the first Olympic champion to make it big in pro football. He was a wide receiver for nine years with the Dallas Cowboys, and a two-time All-Pro. He's now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Stephen Smith

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