A 2012 Olympic track star is ready to play in the upcoming NFL season.
USA sprinter Jeff Demps has signed to play for the New England Patriots. Demps was a running back at Florida, but said he'd give up football to focus on track and the London Games.
In Demps's final year with the Gators, he ran for 569 yards and scored six touchdowns. He ran in the preliminary round for the U.S. in the men's 4x100-meter relay. The Americans won the silver medal, finishing second to Jamaica.
While Demps is attempting to star in two sports, there are multiple professional athletes that could excel in other leagues.
Here's a list of five current athletes that could play other sports professionally.
Joe Mauer (NFL)
The catcher was once the best high school quarterback in the country, being named the High School Player of the Year by USA Today in 2000. He turned down the chance to play for Florida State to enter the MLB Draft.
Jeff Samardzija (NFL)
The Cubs starter had a chance to be a one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He would have likely have been a first round draft pick after an impressive career at Notre Dame.
Tim Duncan (Swimming)
The future NBA Hall of Famer was one of the best swimmers for his age during his younger years. He set records in the 400m freestyle as a teenager, and could’ve possibly competed in the Olympics if he didn’t turn his attention to basketball.
Antonio Gates (NBA)
He may have made the right decision by becoming one of the best tight ends in football, but Gates was a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court in college. He averaged 20.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in his senior year at Kent State.
LeBron James (NFL)
The best player in the NBA never played college football, but could have been dominant on the gridiron. He scored 27 touchdowns in just two seasons as a wide receiver in high school, and was looked at by Ohio State and Notre Dame, before concentrating on basketball full-time.