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NFL Olympics: Jason Pierre-Paul possesses gymnastics talent

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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.

The Games of the XXX Olympiad are under way in London, and here's a look at what the Olympics would be like with America's game included.

Friday, July 27
Breer: Football in the Olympics? It could happen
Gridiron Breakdown: Olympics or Super Bowl?

Monday, July 30
Lombardi: NFL 2016 'Dream Team'
Jeremiah: NFLers in swimming
Jeremiah: NFLers in basketball
Photo essay: Olympians in the NFL
Watch: Who would make U.S. national team?

Tuesday, July 31
Darlington: Aaron Ross' Olympic wife
Jeremiah: NFLers in boxing
Jeremiah: NFLers in gymnastics

Wednesday, Aug. 1
Brooks: NFL's best pure athletes
Jeremiah: NFLers in handball
Jeremiah: NFLers in beach volleyball
Pick 6: NFL cities that could host Olympics

Thursday, Aug. 2
Brooks: NFL's five fastest players
Jeremiah: NFLers in weightlifting
Jeremiah: NFLers in track

Friday, Aug. 3
Daniel Jeremiah: NFLers in wrestling
Daniel Jeremiah: NFLers in tennis

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.

Follow Daniel Jeremiah on Twitter @MoveTheSticks.

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