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Billy Spikes


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:14 pm    Post subject: Patriots RB Jeff Demps leaving the team Reply with quote

On the NFL Network, will focus on track and field.

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Demps has no intention of leaving football. He will race for Team USA next month at an event in Florida.


http://twitter.com/jeffphowe/statuses/306599328351416320

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Jeff Demps' agent, Daniel Rose: "Jeff loves football and he loves the Patriots, but he also loves the chance to represent his country."


http://twitter.com/jeffphowe/statuses/306599163800469504
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wow.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's bizarre, especially considering that there's nothing in track remotely close to playing in the NFL until 2016.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welp...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He probably wouldn't of been much more than a returner anyway. Not that we don't need that but just saying, it's not a huge loss.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well that's disappointing. I was really hoping he could actually be a factor for us on special teams.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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To clarify, Jeff Demps might not choose to leave the NFL necessarily, will first try to make it work with the #Patriots,then make his choice


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According to @Rapsheet Demps people told #Patriots they wanted to continue track and field, have a race in Aug..Pats might let him..or not


http://twitter.com/NEPD_Loyko/statuses/306558254375391232
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard he wants to do both.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For him, its a great move. There's more longevity in track than in the NFL. I ran track in high school and currently have little brother getting a scholarship to run track at Penn State and from what I have been exposed to there are many opportunities for runners like Demps to shine.


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That's bizarre, especially considering that there's nothing in track remotely close to playing in the NFL until 2016.


There are other major world track events outside of the Olympics, you know right?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He received $200,000 of his $390,000 base salary guaranteed last season, so he already made most of that contract's money.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No real loss.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naq wrote:
There are other major world track events outside of the Olympics, you know right?
Of course, I'm a track athlete too! I just know there aren't a whole lot of runners making $400k a year, or anywhere close to that. There's better longevity, but he'd have to be among the very highest to get anything close to that from sprinting.

In an ideal world, though, they'd let him sprint over the summer and then gain his football weight during training camp. Not sure Belichick would be okay with that, though.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He wants to be a 2 sport athlete? Sounds like something BB wont stand for
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sciz wrote:
Naq wrote:
There are other major world track events outside of the Olympics, you know right?
Of course, I'm a track athlete too! I just know there aren't a whole lot of runners making $400k a year, or anywhere close to that. There's better longevity, but he'd have to be among the very highest to get anything close to that from sprinting.

In an ideal world, though, they'd let him sprint over the summer and then gain his football weight during training camp. Not sure Belichick would be okay with that, though.


Yeah, forget just Belichick, no team is going to accommodate that.



As for the debate of running track vs. sticking to football, it really makes more financial sense to stick with football.

If he carves out a 5 year career as a depth running back and return specialist AND is wise with his money, then he should set himself up well for the rest of his life. 400k over 5 years is 2 mil.

On the other hand, unless he becomes more than consistent 9.90-9.98 type (which is what I'd expect he'd top out at), he's gonna have twice the longevity, but make far less than half the money. Prize money is hard to get in sprints, because the meets that a small fry like Jeff Demps could win are the ones that don't pay out. A guy like Darvis Patton probably makes 80k a year off of running. And sprinting is a young man's sport. In other parts of T&F its possible to run in your 30s - but a good career in football might even have a greater longevity than one in track for a 100m specialist like Demps.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sciz wrote:
Naq wrote:
There are other major world track events outside of the Olympics, you know right?
Of course, I'm a track athlete too! I just know there aren't a whole lot of runners making $400k a year, or anywhere close to that. There's better longevity, but he'd have to be among the very highest to get anything close to that from sprinting.

In an ideal world, though, they'd let him sprint over the summer and then gain his football weight during training camp. Not sure Belichick would be okay with that, though.


Track athlete =/= XC athlete Wink
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