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DeAngelo Hall wanted to race a gold medalist

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Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall is both a fast runner and a trash talker, so maybe this shouldn’t be surprising. But Hall had so much confidence in his speed that an Olympic gold medalist says Hall offered him a six-figure bet for a footrace.

LaShawn Merritt, the reigning Olympic champion in the 400 meters, said in a Q&A at the IMG Academies website that Hall was itching to race him and was extremely confident he’d win.

“D-Hall is a trash talker, so of course he started talking that he could beat me in a race,” Merritt said. “I just won the gold medal so I wasn’t hearing any of it. He was going to put up $100,000 against my gold medal. He wanted to do a 40-yard dash, but we settled on the 100-meter. Nothing ever came of it, though.”

As Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post points out, a gold medal is worth a lot less than $100,000, so that’s not a great bet for Hall. More importantly, although Hall is fast, he’s not Olympic gold medalist fast. Hall is lucky nothing ever came of this bet.

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  1. flavordave says: Apr 7, 2012 7:05 AM

    DeAngelos mouth surely is faster then any gold medalist feet.

  2. megadethgod says: Apr 7, 2012 7:08 AM

    Its crap like this that makes people hate the skins. D-Hall, just shut up and focus on getting better on the football field. Last time I checked you were not the best DB in football.

  3. joetoronto says: Apr 7, 2012 7:08 AM

    How this a-hole carved out an NFL career is beyond me.

  4. mempusa says: Apr 7, 2012 7:11 AM

    LaShawn should light him up and tell DHall to keep his money

  5. theyknowtheyknowtheyknow says: Apr 7, 2012 7:14 AM

    He cAnt even keep up with Dez Bryant

  6. lostsok says: Apr 7, 2012 7:14 AM

    How is this clown NOT on the Jets?

  7. waltdawg says: Apr 7, 2012 7:18 AM

    Hall is not lucky that everything came of the 3 game winning passes he gave up last season in the 4Q.

  8. evomike06 says: Apr 7, 2012 7:22 AM

    He should pay a 100,000 to someone to teach him how to keep his mouth shut, and to also teach him how to cover someone.. Dude sure does get burnt a lot .. And I’m a skins fan.

  9. stopdk12 says: Apr 7, 2012 7:22 AM

    come on everybody, lighten up… this is actually pretty funny.

  10. Max says: Apr 7, 2012 7:28 AM

    “As Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post points out, a gold medal is worth a lot less than $100,000″

    This woman has no idea what Sports and Olympic Glory for your country is about! No idea!

  11. dldove77 says: Apr 7, 2012 7:38 AM

    Athletes love to waste money.

  12. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 7, 2012 7:41 AM

    Now it makes me think that when he has gotten burnt all the time, he just wasn’t trying.

  13. EJ says: Apr 7, 2012 7:51 AM

    He might be one of the quicker NFL players, but he is not beating LaShawn.

  14. burgundyandgold says: Apr 7, 2012 7:53 AM

    As a die hard Skind fan I wish DH23 played for someone else.

  15. jpb12 says: Apr 7, 2012 7:55 AM

    He should give his $1oo grand to the Warren Sapp charitable fund.

  16. brasho says: Apr 7, 2012 7:57 AM

    I doubt the average person knows much about track and speed. To suggest that “Hall was lucky nothing ever came out of the bet” is just erroneous and shows how limited Smith’s knowledge of track and field is.

    A 400 meter gold medal sprint champion would be a big underdog against a 60 meter sprint champion in a 100 meter race. DeAngelo WAS extremely fast in the 40 yard dash (in the low 4.3 range) and if he has maintained that speed, it would be a good bet that he would be a 400 meter champ.

    Four hundred meters is far longer than 100 meters and to be good at it a runner must be able to have a good top speed and be able to maintain it for 40+ seconds.

    To be good at 100 meters, a runner must have a good start and great top end speed. The race is over in about 10 seconds. To be good at either one both runners need a separate set of strengths and to be strong at one or the other is a detriment at the strengths needed to be good at the other race.

    It is not uncommon for a great 400 meter sprinter to be considered NOT fast enough in the NFL. If Hall still has his great speed in the 40, the wise money would be to bet on him against the gold medalist in a 100 meter sprint.

  17. kegowhisky says: Apr 7, 2012 7:57 AM

    Good to see that D-Hall puts his money where his mouth is – and that has to be a LOT of money with that sized mouth!

  18. botchedextrapoint says: Apr 7, 2012 8:00 AM

    D Hall is fast. He was out the door at the Raiders before the ink was dry on his $50million contract.

  19. skinsrollyou says: Apr 7, 2012 8:01 AM

    He’s lost a few steps since his rookie year. Average corner at best. Shouldn’t have let Carlos walk cos hall is a turd

  20. gorilladik81 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:02 AM

    He could barely keep up with gronkowski when he made the redskins d look like little female dogs

  21. kingfish4242 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:05 AM

    I saw Donte Stallworth blow his doors off in the Superdome when Hall was younger and played for the Falcons.

    Come on DeAngelo,you football guys are fast,but Olympic Sprinters have speed on another level.

    http://speedendurance.com/2009/08/06/40-yard-dash-times-for-usain-bolt-and-ben-johnson/#

    Take those NFL 40 times with a grain of salt too.

    from the article.

    Most football players treat the 40 yard dash as if it were a real event. A good or bad 40 yard dash time can make or break a football combine.
    And finally, what if you subtracted 0.24 from their FAT time to downward convert it to a hand time?
    We are looking at 3.9 to 4.0 hand time performances!

    There ya go Mr. Hall. If Olympic Sprinters ran the 40 under the same conditions at the combine,we’d be looking at some running it with sub 4 second times.

    Take the fastest player in the NFL and put him in the Olympic finals of the 100 meters and they are going to finish dead last.

  22. wayne1693 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:05 AM

    Keeping in mind that the 400 is a much different race than the 100…if D-Hall got lucky with a great start, his winning is not impossible. Either way, it’s arguments like this that conjure up those great old ABC sports shows where different athletes competed against each other in the decathlon or obstacle course, etc. Great, that is, until one of the very best–Walter Payton–got hurt during a competition.

  23. 7to10for6allday says: Apr 7, 2012 8:06 AM

    He can’t even cover djax….hall is a clown waiting to be burned toast.

  24. Gordon says: Apr 7, 2012 8:08 AM

    He certainly runs a lot. I constantly see him running after WRs that blew by him.

  25. gpt55 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:12 AM

    At least he wouldn’t have had to tackle anyone on the way..

  26. chrisritch93 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:15 AM

    Hall should take a lesson from Sapp..a fool and his money are soon parted !

  27. dogluverssuck says: Apr 7, 2012 8:15 AM

    Why so much hate for a race? At least he is not raping women or breaking the law.

  28. pedrovillegas21 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:19 AM

    JASON WITTEN is faster than Hall

  29. haileysbadoldad says: Apr 7, 2012 8:21 AM

    If you put a jersey on Merritt no way DHall keeps up. I’ve seen WR’s run by him every week since we signed him

  30. raiderinva says: Apr 7, 2012 8:24 AM

    It’s amazing how someone so fast can get so burned by a receiver on the field?

  31. kingfish4242 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:28 AM

    Some food for thought here. I used to follow Track and field religously. At one point I considered it my second favorite sport. However,the sport has became very dirty with the use of PED’s you just don’t know what records are legit anymore.

    The Wr in the 100 meters is now 9.59 by Usain Bolt from Jamacia. The top sprinters in this event now run consistently in the 9.7-low 9.8 range..

    These are the 100 meter times I could find for past and present NFL guys

    Bob Hayes- 10.0

    Trindon Holiday- 10.01

    Darrell Green- 10.08

    Devery Henderson- 10.32

    Deion Sanders 10.36

    The womens WR is 10.49 ran by Florence Griffith Joyner. In reality, NFL players are a lot closer to the elite women sprinters than they are to the men.

    This is just my opinion,but I also base it a lot on research and my love for the sport of Track.

    Darrell Green is the only full time player I’ve seen during my lifetime that could have ran in the Olympics if he had chosen Track over Football.

    I’m not counting experiments like Ron Brown and Renaldo Neamiah who were Track men that got a chance from a team simply due to their foot speed.

    The NFLN fastest 10 players of all time got it right again in my opinion. Bob Hayes was the fastest player of all time with Darrell Green a close second.

  32. phinfan says: Apr 7, 2012 8:36 AM

    Usain Bolt would be finished by the time the gun went off

  33. nflanalyst says: Apr 7, 2012 8:37 AM

    Honestly I would like to see a race lake that being a skins fan. It would be entertainment and that’s what it’s all about anyway.

  34. duneroad says: Apr 7, 2012 8:37 AM

    Gregg Williams has offered to put up the money

  35. watermelon1 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:37 AM

    Hall can’t even hang with a past-his-prime and only tries when he wants to Randy Moss.

  36. cactusranger71 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:40 AM

    So Merritt was one-upping Ben Johnson by racing a horse’s ass?

  37. aintitridiculous says: Apr 7, 2012 8:40 AM

    D-Hall is a fookin’ idiot, and should concentrate on spending more time studying tape, practicing his coverage skills, and learning his craft. Instead, he puffs out his chest and says stupid crap like this. Become a better back, Hall.

  38. deadmanwalking47 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:47 AM

    megadethgod says: Apr 7, 2012 7:08 AM

    Its crap like this that makes people hate the skins. D-Hall, just shut up and focus on getting better on the football field. Last time I checked you were not the best DB in football.
    ________________________________________
    I beg to differ sir,it’s idiots like you and your world shattering stupidity that makes people hate the skins!

  39. Raider-in-PA says: Apr 7, 2012 8:52 AM

    How about trying to cover a receiver better… Thats a race you always seem to LOSE… you SUCK!!

  40. billsfan1 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:56 AM

    only in the media would they talk about a gold medal’s actual monetary value. I am sure the Olympian would beg to differ in regards to intrinsic value. As for D.Bag, er i mean Hall, this guy should worry about living up to the billing he gave himself in the draft, not about trying to beat a trackstar…
    really 100k for a race? And you wonder why they all file for bankruptcy

  41. rushbacker says: Apr 7, 2012 8:59 AM

    What a small-timer. Ochocinco raced a freakin’ horse.

  42. kingfish4242 says: Apr 7, 2012 9:03 AM

    wayne1693 says:
    Apr 7, 2012 8:05 AM
    Keeping in mind that the 400 is a much different race than the 100…if D-Hall got lucky with a great start, his winning is not impossible. Either way, it’s arguments like this that conjure up those great old ABC sports shows where different athletes competed against each other in the decathlon or obstacle course, etc. Great, that is, until one of the very best–Walter Payton–got hurt during a competition.

    ——————————————

    Maybe if the sprinter slipped would Hall have a chance to win.

    Keep in mind, sprinters have to react to a starters pistol. Football players start when they are ready. That’s what the FAT time meant in my original post. Those 4.2’s you see at the combine are actually mid 4.4’s. That’s still very fast and semantics when you really get down to it.

    Ben Johnson was incredibly quick out of the blocks. PED’s aside,that’s one of the reasons he was able to beat Carl Lewis in the event during the mid 80’s until he got busted after winning Gold in the olympics.

    His Wr 9.79 was broken down and discovered he covered the first 40 yards in 4.38. Taking the .24 FAT time away, Johnson would have ran a 4.14 under combine conditions.

    Once again, Football players are fast, but elite sprinters have speed on a different level.

  43. mdagnew1 says: Apr 7, 2012 9:06 AM

    Fred Smoot and now D-Hall? Redskin dbs need to worry about covering wrs and not run their mouth…. not to mention he sucks and of course fleeced the Skins for retarded money…

  44. swervinmervin says: Apr 7, 2012 9:10 AM

    James Jett of the Raiders won an Olympic medal AND had a decent NFL career. Also, Cliff Branch was one of the fastest of all time. Same with Bo and Willie Gault.

    As for Hall he sucks. Eddie Royal is even faster than him. Ask any Raider fan about that.

  45. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 7, 2012 9:11 AM

    What a crock. Next thing you know DeAngelo Hall will claim he runs a faster forty than Redskins legend Darrell Green did in his prime–which lasted from the age of 20 to 40, at which point Green lost a step and ran merely a 4.24 forty.

  46. advicesolid says: Apr 7, 2012 9:15 AM

    Everyone including the writer is missing a key point; Merritt is a gold medalist in the 400 meters, not the 100 meters.

    The fastest players in the NFL cannot touch the fastest men on the planet (100 meter medalist), but could they compete against a 400 meter medalist in a sprint?

    400 meters is not a sprint. So for someone who runs a 400 to compete in the 100 would be interesting and present a fair match up to Hall.

  47. 4512dawg4512 says: Apr 7, 2012 9:17 AM

    Thats just straight up stupid

  48. bigshadetree says: Apr 7, 2012 9:20 AM

    Sounds very similar to when ocho raced the horse when he was still Johnson

  49. crabboil says: Apr 7, 2012 9:23 AM

    Hall made a career in Atlanta of looking at the back of Devery Henderson’s jersey.

  50. clw1906 says: Apr 7, 2012 9:24 AM

    megadethgod says:
    Apr 7, 2012 7:08 AM
    Its crap like this that makes people hate the skins. D-Hall, just shut up and focus on getting better on the football field. Last time I checked you were not the best DB in football.

     I beg to differ. More people hate the Skins because of Snyder than of DHall. It’s pretty much expected that his mouth is much better than his play.

  51. raiderspy1 says: Apr 7, 2012 9:33 AM

    Deangelo Hall is a idiot and a jerk

  52. clarkisgod says: Apr 7, 2012 9:44 AM

    Some people should just be born without a voicebox….I used to like this turd a little when he 1st came into the league.

  53. uslim2nun says: Apr 7, 2012 9:57 AM

    Why is there so much HATE for D Hall…yea he talks trash………what NFL player doesn’t???? This was a few years ago anyway….yea he HAS lost a step since his rookie year….what NFL player hasn’t???? He also gets burnt here and there WHAT NFL CORNER DOESN”T????? If you dont get burnt occasionally then u simply arent trying to make plays. Hes a pro bowl corner back and has proven it year in and year out….hasnt caused a stir in D.C. yet and FOUR picks in one game vs Cutler(NFL record) and that was just last year. Hater keep hatin’ HTTR .

    p.s. what happen in Oakland wasnt his fault. The owner (god rest his soul) was as unstable as they come

  54. orakpowned says: Apr 7, 2012 9:59 AM

    LaShawn should have changed the bet to one he’d win for sure like that D Hall won’t be able to tackle Delhomme

  55. jimmcat says: Apr 7, 2012 10:08 AM

    Steve Smith made Dhall melt down a few years. Was fun to watch Smitty get in his head and break him down. Atlanta got rid of him the next year.

  56. lionsplayoffs says: Apr 7, 2012 10:22 AM

    I’d pay $19.99 to see this on PPV. I’ve always been curious about this kind of matchup. Is Hall the fastest guy in the NFL though?

  57. jerryjonesmustdie83 says: Apr 7, 2012 10:26 AM

    Dez Bryant just ran by hall again!

  58. frankinman88 says: Apr 7, 2012 10:37 AM

    Try beating Dez Bryant in a footrace first.

  59. derekmichaeldurkin says: Apr 7, 2012 10:45 AM

    Merritt High School state champ 10.47 100m… Yes I know high school, but the reason he runs 400 is he doesn’t have great (compared to Olympic 100m sprinters) top end speed. Also, people forget sprinters practice year round, football players don’t ever work on getting out of the blocks, etc. if D. Green never played football and just ran track, he would have prob weighed 20lb less, practiced form, blocks, etc year round and would have competed in olympic qualifiers. Who knows what would have happened from there.

  60. rayguyreturns says: Apr 7, 2012 10:46 AM

    Hall’s got money to burn. He stole 8 million from Al. What’s 100K to him?

  61. dachozen1 says: Apr 7, 2012 11:06 AM

    I dont have a problem with the challenge. He made it and put his money up and didnt back down. If the Olympian wanted to shut him up, then he shouldve race and beat him. That couldve been a 100k education for Hall if he felt it was that easy to beat him. There was obviouslt some hesitation because I dont know too many people that dont want an extra 100k…

  62. jameslongstaffe says: Apr 7, 2012 11:35 AM

    Carl Lewis was no better than Ben Johnson, to anyone paying attention to what actually went on in track & field in the late 80’s & 90’s. That was a disgrace how Ben Johnson was villified when he was caught, I guess Canada didn’t spend all that time & $ on beating the rules lol. What a shame how things went down, & it was not fair how the US covered things up. Why let the truth get in the way…

  63. ugk612 says: Apr 7, 2012 11:58 AM

    Gee that Merritt is a nice guy……me I would’ve taken his money and ran!

  64. jebdamone says: Apr 7, 2012 12:10 PM

    As Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post points out, a gold medal is worth a lot less than $100,000, so that’s not a great bet for Hall.
    ——————————————

    you gotta be kidding me. yes the gold value of the medal is not worth 100k but they don’t exactly give olympic gold medals away.

  65. gopokes0714 says: Apr 7, 2012 12:26 PM

    RG3 will show him what track speed is all about.

  66. raider23mike says: Apr 7, 2012 12:38 PM

    Only the Raiders have that kind of Olympic speed. Not Hall

  67. t16rich says: Apr 7, 2012 12:48 PM

    It might be worth more in the dollar value, but I doubt there are many gold medalists out there who would sell the medal for a 100k.

  68. hotlantalaw says: Apr 7, 2012 1:16 PM

    Hall sucks

  69. turkjones says: Apr 7, 2012 1:23 PM

    Notwithstanding his “world class” speed, Hall will never be a reliable NFL CB until he learns to keep his jock in his pants while defending well-executed double moves. At this point in his career, it’s doubtful that happens.

  70. cardmagnet says: Apr 7, 2012 1:26 PM

    Hall isn’t even the fastest man in the NFL, let alone as fast as a gold medalist. At least this story prepares us for the “DeAngelo Hall files bankruptcy” headline coming within the next 2 years.

  71. mojodoa says: Apr 7, 2012 3:59 PM

    Put down the pipe MeAngelo, you don’t have the brain cells to waste.

  72. birdbrainsnj says: Apr 7, 2012 6:10 PM

    D-jax backpedals past him for 60 yard Td’s. Why don’t you start with a receiver you can keep up with clown.

  73. jameslongstaffe says: Apr 7, 2012 8:44 PM

    I am proud to say I always supported Ben Johnson:) From the beginning, I knew it was not right. It was obvious to anyone that actually cared. Ben Johnson was a victim of hypocrisy. I still love him:)

  74. kingfish4242 says: Apr 7, 2012 9:28 PM

    derekmichaeldurkin says:
    , people forget sprinters practice year round, football players don’t ever work on getting out of the blocks, etc. if D. Green never played football and just ran track, he would have prob weighed 20lb less, practiced form, blocks, etc year round and would have competed in olympic qualifiers. Who knows what would have happened from there.

    ………………………………………………………………………………..

    You make good points,but I still disagree. You are born with world class speed. If a person isn’t gifted with the right genes,it doesn’t matter how hard they work out. Below are two good articles on the subject. If you have time, I’d suggest it. They are very good reads in my opinion..

    http://runnersfeed.com/speed-for-endurance-athletes/

    from the article,the speed coach says this

    As a sprint coach I’m frequently being asked by endurance athletes, “how do I get faster?” The most honest answer I can give is, “you should have picked your parents better!” Speed is largely something you are genetically predisposed to, rather than trained. That being said, there are some things you can do to bring your speed to the surface.

    Making a long story shorter,what he’s referring to is increasing stride length and reducing the number of steps you take to cover a distance. Players like Darren Sproles for example have a short/choppy stride that makes them look faster than they really are. He really can’t help it much due to his 5’6 heigth. Now look at world class sprint event and you’ll see those runners with long/graceful strides that eat up large chunks of real estate in a single step.

    http://www.endlesshumanpotential.com/genetics-role-in-athletic-performance.html

    The most diverse gene pool in the world occurs in Africa. West African countries like Kenya dominate the distance events. That’s due to what’s know as “Slow Twitch” muscle fibers.

    East African countries like Cameroon and Senegal dominate the sprints due to “quick twitch” muscle fibers. Africans in the USA and Jamacia primarily descended from East Africa and thus the reason those countries produce most of the elite sprinters we see.

    Strength Sports like power lifting and the hammer throw are dominated by Caucasians of Scandanavian descent.

    Genetics play a huge huge part in sports.

    That said, Football and Track are two different sports. Just because someone can run 100 meters in less than 10 seconds doesn’t mean
    they could step on a football field, run complex routes,or even be able to simply catch the football. Athletes who become good enough to
    perform at the professional level have put in a lifetime of hard work and dedication to get there. Sprinters have but one objective.Get from Point A
    to Point B as fast as they can. Obviously it helps a receiver if he’s blessed with great straight line speed,but it’s only a small part of what’s
    needed in order for him to master his craft.

  75. penz84 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:12 AM

    Can’t we just cut this douche already,he is an embarrassment. Or even better,trade him to the jets,he’d fit right in there.

  76. nathanbetz91 says: Apr 8, 2012 2:48 PM

    Well Lashawn if you’re supposed to be fast why don’t you do it? Is 6 figures not enough for you?

  77. mrmiami1354 says: Jun 7, 2013 2:49 AM

    Let me see who remembers the time Darrel green raced those 5 sprinters do u know what place he finished LAST I remember it well it was one of those superstar competitions he was doing well around the 60 meter mark then they dusted him he finished 6th.I cant find it on utube but it did happen sprinters do that for a living there not going to lose to a football player its not happening. It mite have been 100 yard dash instead of meter cant recall but I do recall the outcome. Prob around 1988

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