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Former moguls star Jeremy Bloom inks four-year deal with NFL's Eagles

Former moguls star Jeremy Bloom inks four-year deal with NFL’s EaglesFormer world moguls champion Jeremy Bloom of Loveland, Colorado, signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League on Wednesday.

According to Len Pasquarelli of Espn.com, the fifth-round draft pick landed a four-year, $1.782 million contract. The deal includes a $172,000 signing bonus and minimum base salaries for all four seasons. Bloom will have an opportunity to increase his 2009 base salary, scheduled to be $530,000, through “escalators” that are based on playing time, performance levels and Pro Bowl honors, according to the report.

Bloom (5-9, 180) was a return specialist and reserve wide receiver in his two seasons at the University of Colorado (2002-03) before spending the last two years solely on the international skiing stage. He earned second-team All-Big Twelve honors as a sophomore in 2003, hauling in 22 passes for 356 yards and a touchdown, while averaging 12.0 yards on 24 punt returns (289 yards). He also led the conference that year with 24 kickoff returns for 589 yards (24.5 avg.) and a touchdown. Bloom earned Freshman All-America honors in 2002, after amassing 1,297 all-purpose yards on 75 touches, averaging 92.6 yards per game and 17.3 yards per touch.

The 24-year-old Bloom appeared in 25 career games for the Buffaloes, posting 24 receptions for 458 yards and two touchdowns. His five plays of 75 yards or longer (2 recepts, 2 PRs, 1 KR) tie him for second on the school’s all-time list.

Considered one of the most accomplished professional skiers in the world, Bloom competed for the United States Freestyle Ski Team from 1998-2006 and set a world record with six consecutive World Cup victories during the 2005-06 season. The World Cup moguls champion, Bloom also competed in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics. The Fort Collins, Colo., native attended Loveland High School, where he earned all-state honors as a senior, leading his team to the Colorado 4A state championship.

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