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Pensacola Native, Speedster Tries Out With Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Former Olympic 100-meter champion Justin
Gatlin is trying to launch a career in pro football as a wide
receiver with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The winner of the 100 meters at the 2004 Athens Olympics is
facing a suspension of up to eight years for failing a drug test
last summer and still waiting on an appeal.
In the meantime, this weekend he's participating in the Bucs'
rookie mini-camp. He says he last played football during his
freshman year at the University of Tennessee. Then, he started
concentrating on track.
Gatlin shares the world record for the fastest time in the 100
meters with Jamaicas Asafa Powell. Both ran the distance in
nine-point-seven-seven seconds.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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