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Titans Chris Johnson thinks he could beat Usain Bolt in a race

08/09/2012 at 8:23 am By

Titans running back Chris Johnson, by many regarded as the fastest man in the NFL, believes he could beat world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt in a 40-yard dash race:

“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 told 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.”

Usain Bolt is coming fresh off running an amazing 9.63 in the 100-meter dash in London, setting the Olympic record in the process. Chris Johnson is no¬†slouch¬†himself and ran a 4.24 40-yard dash at the 2008 NFL combine. Johnson’s time in the 40 still stands as the fastest recorded in combine history.

Let’s look at the tale of the tape here… Bolt is 6’5″, 210 lbs. Chris Johnson is 5’10”, 200 lbs. Bolt’s longer strides would give him an edge towards the end of the race. Advantage: Bolt.

Also, Bolt’s main event is the 100-meters, which measures out to 109.361 yards (which means he can run the lengh of a football field in roughly under 9 seconds). If you compute Bolt’s speed in the 100-meter dash to the 40-yard dash, it comes out to a 3.52 40-time.

Taking into account that Bolt doesn’t train for that short of a distance a 3.52 40 is a stretch, but with proper training it’s not picture Bolt running a 40-yard dash in under 4.2 seconds, which would top Johnson’s recorded time of 4.24 seconds. Advantage: Bolt.

This is all speculation of course, but that’s what makes it fun to discuss. Both are great athletes and if a race could somehow be set up between the two, I’m sure most of us would tune in. But I wouldn’t bet against Usain Bolt in ANY foot race. No man is supposed to be able to run this fast:


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