Former Colorado player lost battle with NCAA

Updated: April 1, 2005, 6:27 PM ET
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- World Cup freestyle skiing champion Jeremy Bloom, who gave up college football so he could keep his ski sponsors, says he's considering a career in the NFL.

"I think it's a definite possibility for me; the dream's still alive," Bloom said Thursday.

Bloom played two seasons as a kick-return specialist at Colorado but lost a long legal battle with the NCAA over ski sponsors.

 Jeremy Bloom
Jeremy Bloom will ski in the 2006 Olympics then consider an NFL career.

The NCAA refused to let him accept money for ski endorsements while playing football. Bloom said he couldn't afford to ski competitively without the endorsements and ultimately decided to drop football.

He did not play last season but said he might work out for NFL scouts after the 2006 Olympics in Turin next February.

"I don't want to come out and say, 'Yes, I'm doing it,' and then a year from now say 'I don't really want to do that anymore.' I change my mind a lot," he said.

"But I can tell you right now, if the Olympics were behind us, I would go. I would dedicate the next four or five months to get ready to go to camp."

The 5-foot-9 Bloom trimmed down when he stopped playing football and said he would have to bulk up again for the NFL. "I would have to do some serious training and put back on the 15-20 pounds I lost," he said.

Bloom, who finished ninth in the 2002 Olympics, wants to win gold in 2006. If professional football doesn't pan out, he said, he would keep skiing and possibly try for the 2010 Olympics.

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