Titans running back Chris Johnson is the fastest player in the history of the NFL Scouting Combine. And now he says he’s ready to take his speed to the track.
Specifically, Johnson said that in a lockout he’d try to become a two-sport athlete and run track professionally.
“Boy they need to let me kno what’s gonna happen with this NFL lockout cause if they do ima join the us track team,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
Johnson may not realize, however, that you don’t just show up to “join the U.S. track team.” And being the fastest player in the NFL doesn’t necessarily translate to being able to make a living in track and field: Although Johnson is really, really fast, he’s not as fast as an Olympic sprinter. When Johnson was in high school he ran a 10.50-second 100-meter dash and a 21.30-second 200-meter dash. Those are very good times for a high school kid, but they’re not world-class times.
But while Johnson has no chance of participating in this summer’s track World Championships, there was talk a year ago that he might run a one-on-one race against Usain Bolt. If the owners lock out the players and Johnson is looking for something to do this offseason, that talk may heat up again.