The unusually large size and uncanny speed of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has prompted plenty of speculation (at least every four years) about Bolt playing pro football.
Bolt is interested in football. But not in our brand of the game.
The fastest man alive wants to play soccer, specifically for Manchester United.
“People think I am joking, but if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, ‘OK let’s do this, come and have a trial’, it would be impossible for me to say no,” Bolt told the Sun on Monday, via ESPN.com. “I would not take up the challenge if I didn’t think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference. . . . .
“I would be the fastest player in the team — but I can play as well,” Bolt added. “I am in Britain for a few more days. If Alex Ferguson wants to give me a call he knows where I am. I definitely want to see what I could do. I think I could step up to the Rooneys.”
While the club has yet to respond to Bolt’s overture with an offer to try out, a Manchester United spokesman said, “As the fastest man on Earth he would undoubtedly add speed to the team.”
Manchester United is owned by the Glazer family, which also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Which may actually have more of a need for Bolt’s services than Man U., especially since the Bucs may not be able to hit the reduced minimum of 85 percent of all non-premium seats.