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Bridging The Gap From Olympics To NFL

by Robbie Gillies

The Olympics are over and many people might be going through some withdrawal. I know others who work on this site watched at least five hours of coverage each day. I, on the other hand, probably watched about five hours total, and pretty much all of that was devoted to the Redeem Team. I jokingly told them I watched the 200m final in 19.30 seconds, then changed the channel. I'm much more excited that the NFL starts in just 10 days.

But we can find some common ground. There's been so much talk about Usain Bolt trying out for an NFL team and whether or not there would be any interest in him. Let me tell you: there would be interest.

Of course teams would send scouts to check him out and if he was serious about playing football someone would give him a chance. But in the news today is the story of a former-Olympic athlete that could not catch on in the NFL: Jeremy Bloom was cut by the Steelers.

Bloom competed in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Games and was a WR and punt returner at the University of Colorado. In 2006, Bloom was picked by the Eagles in the 5th round of the Draft, but never played in a regular season game because of a hamstring injury. He was released by the Eagles at the end of the season.

Tale of the Tape

EXPERIENCE: Bolt has none. Bloom played college football at a D-I school.

OLYMPIC ACCOLADES: Bloom's Olympic skills of skiing don't translate as easily as Bolt's blazing speed. Also, Bolt WON Gold medals (and set World Records), whereas Bloom finished 9th and 6th in Men's Moguls.

HEIGHT: Bolt is 6'5 to Bloom's 5'9.

But the biggest advantage Bolt has is age. Bloom is now 26 years old, while Bolt just turned 22. If he wanted to commit himself to football, he would definitely draw interest and would get a tryout with someone. But Bolt will most likely stick with track, make millions off endorsements and look to break his own records in the coming years and in London in 2012.