INDIANAPOLIS - Jeremy Bloom said it was too early to say he was retired from competitive skiing, but admitted that he couldn’t see himself in the 2010 Olympics. Bloom, a former University of Colorado wide receiver and 2006 U.S. Olympian, talked to the media at the NFL scouting combine Friday and sounded comfortable leaving skiing behind for his new life as an NFL prospect. “I never thought in a million years that in a span of a week I’d be able to compete in the Olympics and be at the NFL combine,” Bloom said. “So I’m humbled to be here and I’m very excited.” Bloom finished sixth last week in moguls in Italy. He went from the Olympics to California, where his agent Gary Wichard is based, and then he flew Tuesday from California to Indianapolis. Bloom will work out in speed and agility drills this weekend. The turnaround presents many challenges for Bloom. He weighed only 173 pounds, which is about 12 pounds fewer than his preferred football weight because he had to get as light as possible to ski. Bloom said although he was in great shape he hadn’t done much running in months, and he felt sore and tight after running last week. Bloom also joked about being jet lagged, which is understandable considering his schedule. He admitted that some people close to him advised him not to work out at the combine because they didn’t think he would be ready, but he said he never considered skipping the drills. Bloom also will work out for pro scouts April 1 at UCLA. “I’m at a bit of a disadvantage, but sometimes you wake up on game day and don’t feel great, but you still have to play,” Bloom said. Bloom said he already received one question from a scout about his commitment to football, a query he likely will get many times from NFL teams. Bloom played both sports through high school and college, and eventually lost his NCAA eligibility because he took skiing endorsements. He hasn’t played football since 2003. Bloom might be drafted in the middle rounds, perhaps as early as the late third round, because he can make up for his lack of size with speed and quickness. Bloom trained last year with Loren Landow at Velocity Sports Performance in Centennial, and Landow said at Bloom’s peak he probably could run the 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.3 seconds, but without optimal preparation time his realistic goal might be 4.4 seconds. Landow said Bloom probably will impress teams in some of the agility drills. “I’ve never seen anybody with the absolute balance and the ability to control his body at a high-end speed,” Landow said. Bloom, whose skills as a kick returner will help his draft stock, said he is looking forward to concentrating on improving as a football player. “I never dedicated all my time to football,” Bloom said. “I have a lot to learn and I have to work on and get better at, so I look forward to doing that.” CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-4891 or email@example.com
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