With all due respect to Bill Polian, running 40 yards in a straight line in underwear doesn’t really tell anyone much about what a football player can do under ordinary football circumstances.
For the guy who runs 40 yards in a straight line faster than anyone else at the Scouting Combine, there will be some extra meaning to the largely meaningless exercise.
Adidas placed an ad in the Indianapolis Star explaining that whoever runs the fastest 40 will get a “contract offer.”
The running backs, receivers, and quarterbacks get their shot at the fastest 40 on Sunday. Adidas ultimately may have to race Under Armour and Nike to the winner.