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Chris Johnson and Usain Bolt are working on a race

C.Johnson.jpgThis figures to be a busy week with meaningful NFL stories breaking around the clock with lasting impact felt in the league.   This is not one of those stories.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that representatives of Usain Bolt and Titans running back Chris Johnson have been working together in recent days to set up race for charity to determine the world’s fastest human being.

The competition is not as one-sided as you’d think.  Our buddies at NBC Olympics broke down Bolt’s world record 100 meter time from Beijing games, and Bolt’s 40 yard split was actually a hair slower than Johnson’s 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Then again, Bolt is well known as a slow starter. He would destroy Johnson at any distance longer than 50 meters or so. 

Johnson knows this, and wants the race at 60 meters or less. Bolt would like it longer.

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33 Responses to “Chris Johnson and Usain Bolt are working on a race”
  1. BX says: Jan 4, 2010 10:20 AM

    I’d watch it. They should set it up up as some sort of Super Bowl pregame/postgame activity. I mean, if it’s between some washed up rocker at halftime or this, I’ll take this 10 out of 10 times.

  2. Duan says: Jan 4, 2010 10:21 AM

    Chris Johnson!!!!! Bow down and just shut up!!!! If you want to race someone, race Ted Ginn!!!!!!!
    You want no parts of Usain “I say Lightning” Bolt!!!!!!!!!! Bruh!!!!! Don’t embarass yourself like this!!!!
    The guy STOPPED RUNNING in the medal round of the 100meter dash and he still blew away the competition! Let me repeat – HE STOPPED RUNNING!!!!!!!!!! AND HE STILL WON!!!!! BY A MILE!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh the madness people will do for attention!

  3. lurch's nyquil says: Jan 4, 2010 10:22 AM

    My money is on CJ. 60 yards

  4. yinzburgh says: Jan 4, 2010 10:22 AM

    Wait is Chris Johnson faster thank Mike Wallace?

  5. Hap says: Jan 4, 2010 10:23 AM

    Interesting marketing implications.

  6. Cushing Will Kill You says: Jan 4, 2010 10:29 AM

    This is so stupid.

  7. I_Hate_Yams says: Jan 4, 2010 10:30 AM

    The 40 yard times are a joke. They are always hand held and never electronically timed.

  8. dixon_cox says: Jan 4, 2010 10:31 AM

    “Bolt would like it longer.”
    That’s what she said.

  9. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 4, 2010 10:32 AM

    40 yards > 40 meters. In fact, 40 yards is about 36.5 meters. I like Chris Johnson and I think he’s fast as hell.
    But taking splits in meters (a longer unit of measure) from a longer race and comparing them to a 40 yard time? The race will not be as close as Gregggg seems to think.

  10. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Jan 4, 2010 10:33 AM

    Why not do it the weekend before the Super Bowl? This would be more interesting than watching the Pro Bowl.

  11. kenyatta says: Jan 4, 2010 10:35 AM

    this is funny to me he should race bolt over 35 yards he might win chris johnson that is anything over 40 and bolt will destroy him

  12. FLPackerBacker says: Jan 4, 2010 10:42 AM

    Hey if it’s for charity, I’m all for it. I think there needs to be some evening out of the playing field though. First, it has to be on a surface akin to what Johnson had at the combine. Second, it cannot be less than 60 meters. Give the guys the same cleats and let them have at it. Best two out of three wins.
    I’d still put my money on Bolt, but you never know…

  13. birdmancometh says: Jan 4, 2010 10:44 AM

    We need more than 2 people. How about Desean Jackson, maybe a centerfielder or two, throw an NBA player in there. Include a soccer player. This has a chance to be a lot of fun.

  14. Bill says: Jan 4, 2010 10:54 AM

    “Bolt’s 40 meter split was actually a hair slower than Johnson’s 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine.”
    Probably because Bolt was running 40 meters, not 40 yards, as Johnson did. 40 meters equals about 44 yards.
    Still a cool idea for a race, though.

  15. brasho says: Jan 4, 2010 11:06 AM

    Gee, Johnson’s combine 40 time is faster han Bolt’s first 40 yards of his 100 meters…. where have I heard that before… oh wait, I know, I’ve been saying since this was first discussed! This would be a very tight race at 60 yards…
    The biggest question is how will Johnson do when depending on reaction time to get him started (as in track) rather than first movement (as 40′s are measured).

  16. beyondclarity says: Jan 4, 2010 11:06 AM

    Yah – I like the idea of throwing in some of the other fastest guys in their sports – Carlos Gomez might be a good option from the MLB.

  17. BigEasy33 says: Jan 4, 2010 11:06 AM

    That would be the dumbest 9.23 seconds in the history of TV…if CJ is sooooo fast…run in the Olympics….other than that why don’t you save yourself CJ for Pros vs Joes in a couple of years!!!!

  18. cnelson13 says: Jan 4, 2010 11:10 AM

    Since when are yards and meters the same thing?

  19. BigEasy33 says: Jan 4, 2010 11:14 AM

    I say you bring back the fastest man in the NFL competiton and leave the 6’5″ ridiculously fast Jamaican out it…..
    Could could do a RB, WR, etc heat but don’t stop there…lets see who the fastest OL and DL out there!!!!

  20. SeaColt213 says: Jan 4, 2010 11:16 AM

    Jeez, you would think Bolt was a New England Patriot with how butt hurt everyone got over the suggestion of a CHARITY RACE. You guys are too used to Florio talkin out his ass, this could be a legitimately exciting race to watch, forget which event they choose, its for CHARITY. Lighten up and try to enjoy it.

  21. doe22us says: Jan 4, 2010 11:34 AM

    Now I know that CJ is on some crack. Not only is Bolt a world class sprinter he holds the world record(s). Don’t embarass your self son. Child Please.

  22. Stone says: Jan 4, 2010 11:42 AM

    What is up with that weird twitch/spasm that Johnson has? Anyone know what that’s all about? Watched the Hawks game yesterday and they kept showing CJ after he broke 2,000 and he kept involuntarily twitching. Freaky.

  23. JoaquinFenix says: Jan 4, 2010 11:49 AM

    Adam-ChrisChris: “40 yards > 40 meters. In fact, 40 yards is about 36.5 meters.”
    Um, do you not see how those two statements contradict each other? You’re correct in asserting 40 yards is about 36.5 meters, but that means that a meter is longer than a yard. Therefore, 40 meters > 40 yards.
    Look guys, for the sake of competition, the race will be shorter than 100 meters. Otherwise, CJ would be at the Olympics. The reason the race might be competitve is because Bolt is not a great starter (i.e., a shorter race plays into CJ’s hands).
    It’ll probably be somewhere between 40-60 meters. CJ needs to start working on getting out of the blocks at the sound of the gun, which is something you don’t have to deal with at the combine where they start upon the runner’s movement.

  24. Robj says: Jan 4, 2010 11:56 AM

    First of all, let’s not downplay Chris Johnson’s speed. He’s arguably the fastest back in the NFL, and that isn’t easy. Every NFL-calibur running back is an exceptional athlete. They’re the fastest of the fast and the quickest of the quick. So to say that Chris is possibly the fastest (and the BEST), is high praise indeed.
    That being said, although Chris likely has superior acceleration and quickness, there’s just no way he beats Bolt running anything over 40 yds in a straight line.
    Bolt races people who train to run. Not catch, break tackles, and block. Fastest men on the planet…..and he makes it seem like he’s racing grade-school children.
    There’s just no way.

  25. Sasquash says: Jan 4, 2010 11:57 AM

    They should run a 100 meter in full football pads. Lighten up folks its for charity. I would love to see the NFL to do fastest man in football thing. It would be cool if all major sports did this and then had a battle of the best.

  26. titansfan615 says: Jan 4, 2010 12:05 PM

    Everyone keeps forgetting that in high school cj went out for the olympics and lost, if I remember correctly, to Walter Dix by a hair. That is why he didn’t go to the olympics. Now, he is older, stronger, and in his prime. The guy is the fastest in the NFL. Not biased, but no one has ran the 40 since it’s been timed electronically that fast ever. It’d be way more exciting if Deion was still playing in his prime and it was them two, but if you already know you’re the fastest player in the NFL, then why not go after the fastest man alive?

  27. texasPHINSfan says: Jan 4, 2010 12:23 PM

    This IS stupid. Both are fast guys that excell in different areas. Usain is long distance, Chris Johnson is short distance. We have timed records of both guys – Chris is faster short, Usain is faster long.
    How could you develop a fair race? Usain will want a 100m, and Johnson will want a 60m or less. If you pick either way for length, it automatically tips in favor of one of the players.

  28. tleg81 says: Jan 4, 2010 12:37 PM

    Usain Bolt trains to run fast…..he is taught how to get to his maximum speed at any distance…..obviously he would like it longer so he does not have to change his training to run a shorter distance….Fact is the dude is faster than any man on the earth. If he trained to run 60 meters, 40 meters or 30 meters he would win against anyone.
    That said, it would be fun to watch, but why limit his competition to Chris Johnson.??
    We do not even know for sure if he is the fastest man in the NFL. How about including D. Jackson, Mike Wallace, and any other player who can run a sub-4.4 40. I really think none of them has a chance to beat Bolt, but we would find out who the fastest NFL player is…..Why not include Lebron??

  29. Icon says: Jan 4, 2010 1:14 PM

    Chris Johnson is the fastest RB in the NFL hands down and also the best, spedsters Willie Parker, Adrian Peterson & Jamaal Charles weak sisters in comparison; still Bolt will leave Johnson in the dust (Bolt already raced Charles and left Jamaal in another zip code.)

  30. 1dayforBills says: Jan 4, 2010 4:22 PM

    Chris Johnson does have a tweaking problem, I noticed that last year in the playoffs when the Ravens broke him up,and he just sat there on the sidelines pissed, shaking his head every few seconds.
    To be that fast, you gotta have some type of twaking going on. CJ seems like a cool dude though,.

  31. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 4, 2010 5:13 PM

    JoaquinFenix says:
    January 4, 2010 11:49 AM
    Adam-ChrisChris: “40 yards > 40 meters. In fact, 40 yards is about 36.5 meters.”
    Um, do you not see how those two statements contradict each other? You’re correct in asserting 40 yards is about 36.5 meters, but that means that a meter is longer than a yard. Therefore, 40 meters > 40 yards.
    Look guys, for the sake of competition, the race will be shorter than 100 meters. Otherwise, CJ would be at the Olympics. The reason the race might be competitve is because Bolt is not a great starter (i.e., a shorter race plays into CJ’s hands).
    It’ll probably be somewhere between 40-60 meters. CJ needs to start working on getting out of the blocks at the sound of the gun, which is something you don’t have to deal with at the combine where they start upon the runner’s movement.
    ——————————
    Try posting a less-than symbol next to a greater-than symbol and you’ll see what happened to my post.

  32. angryblk says: Jan 4, 2010 8:44 PM

    This is hilarious. You would think that people at NBC and sports fans would have a clue about how the 40 works. In the olympics you react to a gun, no human can react faster than .1 and the best guys are between .13 to .15. And these guys react to guns for a living.
    In the NFL 40 you start whenever you feel like it. So basically that pretty 4.24 time CJ runs is AT BEST a 4.4 in the real world of sprinting. If Bolt could start whenever he wanted he would be in the 3.95 to 4.1 range in all likelyhood and in the first 40 yards of his best 100m races he was between 4.18 and 4.25 depending on what you believe. Either way. It isnt close. Its like CJ and some guy who ran a 4.44 at the combine. Its not close and if you think it is basically you are proving your ignorance

  33. bullgates says: Jul 7, 2010 4:26 AM

    This challenge reminds me of the time M.C. Hammer challenged Michael Jackson to a dance contest to determine the best dancer on the planet.

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