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|New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul possesses remarkable athletic ability at 6-foot-5, 278 pounds.|
In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we're projecting which NFL players would be best suited to participate in 10 popular sports.
To my knowledge, there aren't any NFL players with legitimate gymnastic experience. Still, I was able to come up with three freakish athletes who can do some crazy things with their bodies:
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants
I have JPP scheduled to handle the floor exercise routine. As he proved in this video, he is a master of the backflip. Unfortunately, I don't think he could compete in any other events. (I'm not quite sure those rings would be able to hold him up ...)
Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
I have Simpson slated to handle the vault event. His epic front flip into the end zone against the Arizona Cardinals last season was all I needed to see. I've done my homework and think with a little bit of training Simpson would be fully capable of pulling off a Kasamatsu stretched with multiple twists or a Tsukahara double backs in a tuck and piked position. (They're impressive. Trust me.)
Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints
I have yet to figure out which event would best suit the hyper-athletic Sproles, but I do like the fact that he'd actually be the same height as his competition. I'm open to any and all suggestions.
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