Patriots Sign Olympic Sprinter Jeff Demps

August 17, 2012 12:00 AM
Patriots Sign Olympic Sprinter Jeff Demps
" BOSTON (CBS) — Bill Belichick’s never been afraid to think outside the box, and he’s proving it once again.

On Friday, the Patriots signed Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps.

Demps, 22, was a running back at Florida from 2008-11. Prior to the NFL draft though, he told teams he was instead choosing to pursue a track career. At the 2012 Olympics in London, he ran for the U.S. in the qualifying heat for the 4×100-meter relay, and he earned a silver medal.

In college, Demps averaged 6.7 yards per carry while scoring 23 rushing touchdowns.

Belichick has made similar moves in the past when it comes to adding a player with a slightly different background. He signed Stephen Neal, a collegiate wrestler who did not play football in college, and he’d go on to play a role on the Pats’ offensive line for a decade "

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