Chris Johnson might be coming off his worst season, but he’s not lacking for confidence.
In fact, Johnson thinks he’s faster than the fastest man alive.
The Titans running back told Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean he thought he could outrun Usain Bolt, under certain conditions.
“I feel like if I would have kept training for track I’d have a chance, but I play football and he runs track, so it’s totally different,” Johnson said. “I think I could still probably beat him in the 40. If I actually trained for the distance he trained for, I think I’d have a chance.”
Bolt broke his Olympic record with a 9.63-second time to win his second straight 100 meters. He runs the 200 on Thursday (which you can watch on NBC).
Johnson hasn’t focused on track since high school, and he did run the 40 in 4.24 seconds at the combine in 2008, the fastest recorded since times were kept electronically in 2000.
They’ve talked about a race in the past, but it never moved past the talking stage.
“Training for football, we do a lot of short sprints — we do 40s and 50s and things like that. We don’t really train like track athletes,” Johnson said. “If a track athlete tried to come play football it would be totally different [for Bolt].”
There have been attempts to extrapolate what Bolt’s 40 time would be based on splits (and they’re anywhere from way faster to close to Johnson’s time), but the reality is we’re talking about apples and oranges.
Or, more accurately, the fastest apples and oranges in the world.