For the time being, the only stadiums Jeff Demps will be running in are ones with football fields.
After competing last year in the World Championships and as a member of the United States Olympic track team in 2012, the former Gator is turning his time and attention toward the gridiron.
“I’m excited about putting all my effort into football,” Demps told ESPN.
The 5-foot-7, 199-pounder was traded to Tampa Bay last April by the New England Patriots, who signed him to a three-year deal after the 2012 Summer Olympics but could never get him on the field.
Demps played just two games last year before undergoing season-ending groin surgery. He caught one pass for 14 yards and ran three times for 21 yards.
Demps, who was called the “fastest guy in the NFL” in by Bucs coach Lovie Smith, should have much more production now that he’s healthy.
“I like to be in space a lot to utilize my speed,” Demps said. “If they can get a plan and put me in space, that’s great.”
Though it’s years away, Demps told ESPN the 2016 Olympics are a possibility for him.
“If the opportunity exists, we’ll see,” he said. “For now, I’m just focused on football. In 2016, if I get the chance to do it again, I would.”