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Philadelphia Eagles take Jeremy Bloom in NFL draft

Philadelphia Eagles take Jeremy Bloom in NFL draft{mosimage}2005 overall World Cup moguls champion Jeremy Bloom was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.

Called “an intriguing late-round prospect” by ESPN, Bloom, 24, was taken by the Eagles with the 14th pick in the fifth round, the 147th player taken overall. Valued for his explosive speed and big-play capability (he reportedly ran a 4.4 40-yard dash before the draft), Bloom starred as a receiver and kick returner for the University of Colorado, but hasn’t played a down of football since 2003.

The 5-foot 9-inch, 180-pound Bloom split time between his moguls career and collegiate football until his well-publicized battle with the NCAA ended in the fall of 2004 with the NCAA declaring him ineligible for accepting sponsorship money for his skiing career.

During his career at CU, Bloom caught 24 passes for 458 yards, including a 94-yard touchdown reception in 2002, the longest in CU history. He also returned two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns.

Bloom had an up and down 2006 ski season, reaching one World Cup podium and finishing sixth at the Olympic Games in what was almost certainly the last moguls competition of his career. After the Olympics, Bloom said he would focus solely on his NFL career.

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