Bullet Bob Hayes a Model for Olympian in Bloom

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 9, 2009 12:05 am

Robert Lee “Bullet Bob” Hayes was officially enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. He joined the Dallas Cowboys after winning multiple gold medals in track events at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. His eleven year NFL career highlights include 371 catches, 7,414 yards receiving and 71 touchdowns and a Super Bowl victory in 1972. Hayes is the only person to ever win a Super Bowl ring and an Olympic Gold Medal.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, there is one man that had this dream and could be a threat for gold in the freestyle moguls event. That man is Jeremy Bloom. Does he still have this dream? If he makes the US Olympic team he has a good shot at half of it.

In the 2006 Winter Olympics, Bloom was a favorite to win gold but ended up out of the podium. Two days after the Olympics, he flew to Indianapolis to attend the NFL Combine. Later that year, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round as a punt and kick returner but injured his hamstring and was placed in injured reserve that year. He was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers in late 2007 and then released on August 25, 2008.

In November 2008 Bloom decided to return to freestyle skiing to attempt a possible comeback to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. If he makes the team he could be golden. If he achieves gold in Vancouver, will he follow in the footsteps of Bob Hayes and attempt a return to the NFL in a quest for a Super Bowl ring?