Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson ran a blazing time 4.24 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine. Johnson has used that speed to gain over 7,000 yards from scrimmage with 42 touchdowns as a pro, 10 of which are over 50 yards.
Johnson also thinks he has the speed to beat Olympic record-holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica, who ran the 100 meters in 9.63 seconds for the gold medal Sunday in this year's summer games in London. He has one caveat, however: The distance must be a short one.
"I feel like if I would have kept training for track I'd have a chance, but I play football and he runs track, so it's totally different," Johnson said, via Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. "I think I could still probably beat him in the 40. If I actually trained for the distance he trained for, I think I'd have a chance."
Around the League already reached out to Pittsburgh Steelers scout Mark Gorsack, who football fans would recognize as the starter at the 40-yard dash at the combine, to get his thoughts on whether Bolt, or anyone, could run a sub-4.0 time in the 40-yard dash. Gorsack didn't see it happening. With Johnson already running a 4.24, a race between the two speedsters would be probably be fairly close ... and brief.
Chris Johnson is fast, but he is out of his mind to think that he could beat Bolt. Even if he trained his body purely for track and not football, the bio-mechanical advantage that Bolt has is enormous. -Tiger