New England Patriots running back Jeff Demps made an appearance on Sports Talk Florida with Olympic track and field medalist Justin Gatlin.
Demps explained that he wants to try to do both track and football this year after signing a three-year contract with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent last season.
“If I’m not able to do football anymore, it’s kind of like I’m opening up a different chapter in my life if it’s on the track and field side,” Demps said, per the Boston Globe. “I’d be a rookie in the (running) game, I still have a lot to learn, even though I did it four years in college and throughout high school but I still haven’t seen or ran with any of the big name guys or the top guys in the world, so I’m looking forward to it; I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Demps was asked how he would ask Patriots head coach Bill Belichick if he can miss some time to focus on track.
‘Listen coach, I want to do both but in order for me to get where I want to be on the track and field side, it will take a full year of preparation, and after the (track) season, if you guys are willing to let me come back probably midseason and work out and train and get ready for the season I’ll be able to do that, but if not then I guess I’ll focus on running,'” Demps said.
I got a feeling Belichick and the Pats won’t be thrilled this Demps’ committment to track. I can’t see how things are going to work out for him as an NFL player.