As we wait for an announcement on which NFL team Jeff Demps will sign with, let’s take a look at how some other former Olympians fared when they went on to play in the NFL, with some help from ESPN Stats & Information.
Bob Hayes won a gold medal in Tokyo in 1964. He went on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Dallas Cowboys.
Hurdler Renaldo Nehemiah had a three-year career with the San Francisco 49ers.
The list isn’t limited to sprinters. Michael Carter won a silver medal in the shot put in 1984 and then went on to play nine years at nose tackle for the 49ers.
Ron Brown was a gold-medal sprinter in 1984. He then became a kick returner for the Rams and led the league in kick return touchdowns in 1985.
Willie Gault was on the 1980 Olympic team, but didn’t get to compete because of the U.S. boycott. He spent 11 years as a return man and receiver in the NFL.
James Jett won a gold medal in Barcelona in 1992. He then went on to score 30 touchdowns in a 10-year NFL career.