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Chris Johnson says he’ll become a track star in a lockout

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.

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31 Responses to “Chris Johnson says he’ll become a track star in a lockout”
  1. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 10, 2011 5:50 PM

    If only he ran his fast as he runs his mouth.

  2. Deb says: Mar 10, 2011 5:56 PM

    Delusions R Us 🙄

    Johnson 2010 wasn’t even as good as Johnson 2009 on a football field, and he’s talking about competing with world-class track stars preparing for the 2012 games? He’d better start praying for a new CBA.

  3. kernelreefer says: Mar 10, 2011 6:03 PM

    It would at least be interesting to see him try.

    And of course his high school time wasn’t up to par with World Class athletes. He was in high school. Those athletes are not.

  4. cromartiesforgottenchild says: Mar 10, 2011 6:11 PM

    I love it when pro athletes make comments like these. Just because they excel at one sport makes them think they could excel in another. Ohhh… the ego’s these guys have. Maybe spend more time working on your vocabulary and grammar. I know a tweet is only 140 characters but come on. Ima let you go kno.

  5. murraysons says: Mar 10, 2011 6:19 PM

    Usain Bolt would win going away, cj is the man but come on.

  6. gpete1962 says: Mar 10, 2011 6:30 PM

    Good for Chris !!

    Maybe he can use one of those parachutes to train with or better yet harness TIKI instead of the parachute for a more resistance

  7. FinFan68 says: Mar 10, 2011 6:32 PM

    Somebody ought to mention that there is no such thing as a track star in a year without the olympics

  8. couldntthinkofaname says: Mar 10, 2011 6:37 PM


  9. bucks12965 says: Mar 10, 2011 6:49 PM

    Would Bolt be giving him a 20 meter head start or something?

    Johnson wouldn’t be able to beat the guys that come in last at those olympic or world championship 100 meter races.

  10. benh999 says: Mar 10, 2011 6:52 PM

    I’m still waiting for him to become an NFL star.

  11. p4ck3r5 says: Mar 10, 2011 6:52 PM

    no chance against usain bolt, he’s too darn FAST

  12. jebdamone says: Mar 10, 2011 7:01 PM

    i really wish not being allowed to talk was part of CJ’s contract.

  13. hrmlss says: Mar 10, 2011 9:20 PM

    I thought it said a crack star at first…..

  14. packersrule52 says: Mar 10, 2011 10:17 PM

    Do you really think his high school times hold much relevance now? Don’t you think he’s probably a bit faster now then he was in high school?

  15. cleonslamminsalmon says: Mar 10, 2011 10:50 PM

    Oh ok, Chris Johnson. I hope they have fantasy track and field so I can pass on him like I’m going to do in fantasy football after the season he had last year.

  16. p4ck3r5 says: Mar 10, 2011 11:30 PM

    cj..dont embarass urself racing the fastest man on this face and never set up a race with him…now if u wanna race I’d like to see you race Desean Jackson. It’ll be a nice race to watch

  17. philyeagles5 says: Mar 10, 2011 11:59 PM

    so many haters

  18. backuppunter says: Mar 11, 2011 12:02 AM

    maybe if cj got a 15 meter head start. actually i think that would be pretty fun to watch.

  19. carolinethedog says: Mar 11, 2011 12:27 AM

    Does CJ2K have tourettes? I’m not trying to be funny at all, wouldn’t joke about something like that. But, have you ever seen this guy on the sideline??? He twitches constantly.

  20. sowcrates says: Mar 11, 2011 1:04 AM

    At least this guy ran great times in track when he was in high school…

    As a track coach, I can’t tell you how frustrating it is when somebody tries to compare a fast 40 time directly to a fast 100 time.

    Pulled from that most official of sources, wikipedia, from the 4o-yard dash page

    “In track and field races, the runner must react to the starting gun, which takes approximately 0.24 seconds, based on FAT timing. For electronically timed 40-yard dashes, the runner is allowed to start when he wishes, and a timer hand-starts the clock. This aspect means that comparisons with track times are impossible given that a reaction time is not factored in.

    “Furthermore, the use of hand-timing in the 40-yard dash can considerably alter a runner’s time; the methods are not comparable to the rigorous electronic timing used in track and field.”

    Essentially, if the 40-yard dash were a track event (It would be the 36.58 meter dash, in that case), the times would be slower than what you see as the 40 times for NFL players.

    Even if you decide “screw it, I’m not going to add time because there’s no gun, I’m not going to add time for it being hand timed. I’m not even going to convert yards into meters”, and then multiplied a 40-yard dash time by 2.5 to get a 100-meter dash time.

    Chris Johnson’s 4.24 x 2.5 = 10.6

  21. goawayeverybody says: Mar 11, 2011 1:29 AM

    Chris Johnson will not become a big track star, but Usain Bolt would sure make one hell of a wide receiver!

  22. db105 says: Mar 11, 2011 4:53 AM

    Does he speak English?

  23. bartpkelly says: Mar 11, 2011 5:02 AM

    He might have a better chance againbst Darrel Green…maybe.

  24. broncobeta says: Mar 11, 2011 7:35 AM

    “Those are very good times for a high school kid, but they’re not world-class times.”

    Very good? 10.5 in the 100 and 21.3 in the two?Those are phenomenal times for a high school kid. If his speed conditioning and skill level has increased since then he can compete.

    I don’t know if America knows this but Track and Field is a sport here in the USA. Meet directors are always hungry to sign someone to a race that will sell tickets and perhaps an NBC Saturday 1:00pm showing. Chris Johnson can do exactly that.

  25. tatum064 says: Mar 11, 2011 8:39 AM

    db105 says: Mar 11, 2011 4:53 AM

    Does he speak English?

    His bank accounts says “more than yours”. Thats understood in any language.

  26. tatum064 says: Mar 11, 2011 8:40 AM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 10, 2011 5:50 PM

    If only he ran his fast as he runs his mouth.

    If only you typed AS fast as your brain.

  27. dell52 says: Mar 11, 2011 8:50 AM

    CJ, Forfeit the game before Bolt takes you out of the frame and puts your name to shame cover up your face, you can’t run the race the pace is too fast you just won’t last.

  28. jpiro says: Mar 11, 2011 9:21 AM

    Bolt would smoke him, but I’d watch it.

    Hell, if they do have a lockout, let’s just go for a whole season of “Shaq vs.” style events pitting NFL players against stars in other sports.

    Albert Haynesworth vs. Brock Lesnar in the octagon.

    Sebastian Janikowski vs. David Beckham on penalty kicks.

    Lendale White vs. Kobayashi in a pie-eating contest.

    The possibilities are endless.

  29. abninf says: Mar 11, 2011 9:24 AM

    “ima join”

    Great use of that free college education.

  30. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 11, 2011 12:21 PM

    tatum064 says:
    Mar 11, 2011 8:40 AM
    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 10, 2011 5:50 PM

    If only he ran his fast as he runs his mouth.

    If only you typed AS fast as your brain.


    D’oh! I throw myself on the mercy of the typo checkers.

  31. Mark says: Mar 12, 2011 1:24 PM

    This lockout is having a bigger effect on us than I thought. Everyone’s lost their sense of humor.

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