Former football standout hoping to make the US Olympic bobsledding team

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A former football player is hoping to make the Olympic bobsledding team.

The internet remembers Sam McGuffie for jumping over people in high school football.

Today, he is an Olympic hopeful. Those who know him best say, he is ultra-competitive. He's played in the NFL and currently plays rugby. Now, the 27-year-old is on the US bobsledding national team.

"I was looking for some sports to do," says McGuffie. "There's only so many sports you can try and this ended up being a sport that I could, to keep the dream alive."

McGuffie is the type of athlete that can do anything. After being urged by former coaches at Rice, McGuffie decided to give it a try.

"Yeah I just did it on a whim, just went out to Colorado Springs and just tried out," he said.

McGuffie first burst on the scene after his high school football recruiting tape went viral. The infamous 2007 mixtape made him a household name.

"It was pretty difficult, because all I wanted to do was play football," says McGuffie. "Everybody would just shove a camera down my throat and ask me millions of questions that I didn't really know the answer to."

Through his journey in high school football, college football and the NFL, McGuffie was able to make unforgettable memories.

"It's been really just a blessing. If you look back, I was able to play football on different teams. Tom Brady head-butted me. I had Bill Belichick put my practice jersey on. I've had great memories," he said.

Moving forward, his sole focus is making the Olympics.

"This past year I was on USA 1, with the top driver in the world. He's won a gold medal, he's won a bronze," says McGuffie. "If we could just push them good, push them off right and get in good position, I think we'll have a shot."
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