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Jeremy Bloom
No. --     Free Agent
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: April 2, 1982 (1982-04-02) (age 27)
Place of birth: Loveland, Colorado
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 5 / Pick: 147
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Stats at NFL.com

Jeremy Ryan Bloom (born April 2, 1982) is a Three-Time World Champion, Two-Time Olympian and Eleven-Time World Cup Gold Medalist Snow Skier. In 2005, he won a record six-straight World Cup Races, the most in a single season in the sport's history. He was an All American football player at the University of Colorado and has played professional American football as a wide receiver and return specialist in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bloom is the founder of the Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, a foundation that grants wishes to low income senior citizens. Bloom is also an ESPN College Football Analyst, his debut game as a color analyst was on Sept 19th, 2009 where he called the Maryland vs Middle Tennessee State Football Game.

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Personal life

Bloom was born in Loveland, Colorado. He attended Loveland High School in Loveland, and helped lead both his football and track teams to State Championships. Bloom was the quarterback (and a defensive back) on the freshman team. He switched to receiver his sophomore year and played on the junior varsity football team. As a senior, his most notable game included a 35-12 win over Lakewood in the 2000 state playoffs, where he broke three school records with nine receptions for 204 yards and four touchdowns. He was offered and accepted a full scholarship to play college football at The University of Colorado. As a track athlete Bloom helped lead his high school track team to back-to-back Class 5A State Championship Titles his junior and senior year. He competed in the 100 m, 200 m, 4x100 m and 4x400 meter. He has also studied Karate since the age of 5 and earned a first degree black belt at the age of 12. He continues to study mixed martial arts.

Bloom completed a Real Estate and Finance Entrepreneurship degree at The Wharton Business School of Pennsylvania in 2006. On June 16, 2008 Bloom launched The Jeremy Bloom Wish of a Lifetime Foundation. Based in his home state of Colorado, the foundation is named in living honor of his 82 year old living grandmother. The non-profit, 501(c)(3) foundation's mission is to help low income seniors experience their lifelong wishes.

Skiing career

Bloom grew up skiing in Keystone, Colorado. By the age of 15, Bloom became the youngest male freestyle skier to ever make The United States Ski Team. By the age of 14, Bloom was a National Champion and by the age of 19 he was a World Champion. From 2002 to 2004 he performed a balancing act with his university school work, college football and the world cup skiing tour. One month after he was named to the 1st Team Freshman All American list for college football, he won the World Championship Dual's Gold Medal at the 2003 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Deer Valley, Utah. In 2005 he dominated FIS World Cup Tour becoming the first freestyle skier to ever win six straight races in a single season. He ended 2005 as the #1 ranked freestyle skier in the world and number one in moguls for the second time (also 2002). After the 2006 Olympics, Bloom decided to focus his attention solely on football. However, on November 24, 2008, he announced his intention to attend the United States ski team's training camp to assess the possibility of a 2010 return to Olympic skiing. [1] On December 16, 2008, Bloom was added to the 39 man roster of the U.S. Ski Team.

College football career

Bloom is a former wide receiver and punt returner for the University of Colorado football team. As a freshman he was selected to the first-team Freshman All-America list by both the FWAA and collegefootballnews.com. He set many school records during his two years playing football for the Colorado Buffaloes, including a 96-yard touchdown reception, the longest in school history. He had five career plays of 75 yards or longer (two receptions, two punt returns, one kickoff return), tied with Byron White for the second most in school history. After a long fought battle with the NCAA to keep his skiing hopes alive for the 2006 Winter Olympics the NCAA declared him permanently ineligible, cutting short his college football career by two years. He went on to regain his #1 in the world skiing ranking in 2005 and competed for the United States in the 2006 Olympics. Two days after the Turin Olympics Bloom flew to Indianapolis to compete in the NFL Combine.

Professional football career

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Philadelphia Eagles

On April 30, 2006, Bloom was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was featured in the NFL's TV show "Hey Rookie Welcome To The NFL". He practiced with the team all through mini-camp as a punt and kick returner, but injured his hamstring during training camp. Due to this injury, he was placed on injured reserve and remained with the team for the 2006 season. He was later released by Eagles.

Pittsburgh Steelers

On December 31, 2007, Bloom was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in preparation for the 2008 AFC playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He began 2008 training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[2] However, he was released by the Steelers on August 25, 2008.[3][4]

Philanthropy

Bloom Founded The Jeremy Bloom Wish of a Lifetime Foundation on January 13, 2008. The foundation was inspired by Jeremy's Grandmother, Donna Wheeler, who is 82 years old and living in Keystone, Colorado. She still works full time and volunteers at the State Patrol. The Foundations mission is to grant wishes to low-income senior citizens. For more information visit the website [www.wishofalifetime.org]

Other Ventures

Leading up to the 2006 NFL draft, Bloom, along with fellow rookies Vernon Davis and A. J. Hawk, appeared in ads for Under Armour's new line of football cleats, with the slogan "Click Clack (I think they hear us coming)." He was also the feature in an ABC Olympic commercial and 80-hour fitness commercial.

Bloom has also landed modeling jobs with Tommy Hilfiger, Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F:Rising Stars Christmas 2004), GQ Magazine and Cosmo magazine. He is also a frequent guest host on Video Stew on Palladia and is a VJ for the channel. He has appeared on magazine covers; Cargo, Outside, Sports Illustrated on Campus, Hooked on the Outdoors and Mile High Sports.

In March 2003, Bloom won the 30th annual CBS Superstars Competition in Jamaica; he defeated 9 professional athletes that included the likes of; Dexter Jackson, Ahman Green, Will Allen and Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward to win the competition. He ran a 100-yard dash in 9.41 seconds, .01 off the events record set by Joey Galloway. He chose to donate his $45,000 prize money to help build youth football fields in his hometown of Loveland, Colorado.

After football practice with the Philadelphia Eagles he interned for well-known professor and economist Peter Linneman. He is the co-founder of MDinfo.com.

Bloom was also voted "Hottest Man in Sports" two years in a row by the gay men's sporting magazine, "OutSports".[5] Consequently, Bloom has developed a following of gay fans.

World Cup Skiing Results

In Bloom’s four years of competing on the World Cup Tour, he won 11 Gold Medals and earned 26 World Cup Podiums. He competed in 49 World Cup Races during those four years and his podium percentage of 53% may be the highest in the history of the sport.

  • 2006 Mont Gabriel, World Cup 2
  • 2005 Ruka FIN World Ski Championships Dual 3
  • 2005 Voss NOR World Cup 2
  • 2005 Sauze D'Oulx ITA World Cup 1
  • 2005 Naeba JPN World Cup 1
  • 2005 Inawashiro JPN World Cup 1
  • 2005 Inawashiro JPN World Cup 1
  • 2005 Deer Valley, UT USA World Cup 1
  • 2005 Deer Valley, UT USA World Cup 1
  • 2005 Mont Tremblant, QC CAN World Cup 2
  • 2004 Spindleruv Mlyn CZE World Cup 1
  • 2004 Naeba JPN World Cup 3
  • 2004 Inawashiro JPN World Cup 3
  • 2004 Jisan KOR FIS Race 2
  • 2004 Deer Valley, UT USA World Cup Dual 2
  • 2003 Ruka FIN World Cup 2
  • 2003 Madarao JPN World Cup 1
  • 2003 Steamboat USA World Cup 1
  • 2003 Deer Valley World Ski Championships Duals 1
  • 2003 Deer Valley USA World Ski Championships 2
  • 2003 Mont Tremblant, QC CAN World Cup 2
  • 2002 Ruka FIN World Cup Moguls 2
  • 2002 Inawashiro JPN World Cup Moguls 2
  • 2002 Lake Placid, NY USA World Cup 1
  • 2002 Steamboat USA World Cup Moguls 3
  • 2002 Tignes FRA World Cup Moguls 3

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