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Chris Johnson, Devin Hester race a cheetah

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Titans running back Chris Johnson and Bears return man Devin Hester are two of the fastest players in the NFL, but they’ve agreed to a race against an opponent who’s guaranteed to blow them away.

Johnson and Hester have raced a cheetah on a show appropriately named Man vs. Cheetah, set to air in November on the cable channel Nat Geo Wild.

This is most incredible challenge I’ve ever faced,” Johnson said, via “I wanted to go up against the fastest in the world and test myself, and this was it!”

Nat Geo Wild Executive V.P. Geoff Daniels said he’s eager to show viewers what it looks like when the world’s fastest land animal runs alongside fast human beings.

“We loved the idea of a face-off like no other between supreme athletes and an alpha predator,” Daniels said. “This isn’t sports, it’s amazing science.”

Somehow I doubt many scientists would agree about this constituting “amazing science.” But it might make for an entertaining TV show.

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  1. steeler1nation says: Jul 24, 2013 6:19 AM

    I’d take Teddy Ginn in a race vs. a cheetah…or pretty much anything else.

  2. raqaiw says: Jul 24, 2013 6:19 AM

    Usain Bolt gave the cheetah a 2 second head start and won by 5 strides. He’s THAT fast.

  3. dezno24 says: Jul 24, 2013 6:32 AM

    They are testing new plays to make the Pro Bowl better I see!

  4. sjoyner59 says: Jul 24, 2013 6:42 AM

    a cheetah can reach speeds up to 70 mph….now that’s picking them up and putting them down ~!

  5. riichiieriich says: Jul 24, 2013 6:43 AM


    Do you really believe that? I mean seriously? A cheetah can run more than twice as fast as any human being on the planet. Hell, even a grizzly bear can outrun a human.

  6. herephishyphishy says: Jul 24, 2013 6:47 AM

    I just hope the cheetah doesn’t hold out then dog it once he gets paid.

  7. remyje says: Jul 24, 2013 6:50 AM

    Chris Johnson would be Usain Bolt in the 40

  8. shrshot says: Jul 24, 2013 6:57 AM

    Loser gets eaten?

  9. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 24, 2013 7:15 AM

    Oh, a cheetah (the animal) I thought they meant a cheater and that they were racing Ryan Braun.

  10. thrstr says: Jul 24, 2013 7:15 AM

    stick some antlers on them and give ’em a little head start. Now THAT I would watch.

  11. vikesgod28 says: Jul 24, 2013 7:16 AM

    CJ will lose then blame someone else for his poor performance.

  12. hehateme2 says: Jul 24, 2013 7:22 AM

    Insane Bolt maybe…

  13. deadeye says: Jul 24, 2013 7:22 AM

    I’d like to see Andre Smith race a hippo.

  14. lostsok says: Jul 24, 2013 7:24 AM

    In other news, Chris Johnson and Devin Hester suffer a horrible, horrible mauling.

  15. Exiled1 says: Jul 24, 2013 7:26 AM

    It’d be just as entertaining to watch Chris Johnson against those kids in the spelling bee too.

  16. sportsmeccabi says: Jul 24, 2013 7:27 AM

    It won’t even be close. Marcus Trufant (when he was at the top) couldn’t even keep up with an ostrich. No chance against a cheetah.

  17. rpiotr01 says: Jul 24, 2013 7:33 AM

    ‘Amazing science’ would be seeing what the cheetah does with the gold choppers after it eats Johnson and feeds him to her babies.

  18. ajgreenhof says: Jul 24, 2013 7:49 AM

    This is naturally the next step for a player of Johnson’s career who’s so accomplished. He had over 2000 yards once.

  19. cardmagnet says: Jul 24, 2013 7:52 AM

    They should give DeMarcus Van Dyke a call.

  20. nyninerfan says: Jul 24, 2013 7:56 AM

    Not only did the cheetah win, but it gave a more coherent post race interview than Boomhauer.

  21. dkkc12 says: Jul 24, 2013 8:00 AM

    Devin Hester had also been known to out run a human being every so often

  22. greenmeattruck says: Jul 24, 2013 8:05 AM

    Yeah, but the real question we all want to know is- Does the cheetah look as dope with dreads and a platinum grill?

  23. philly4lyfe says: Jul 24, 2013 8:10 AM

    it doesn’t matter. as soon as they say go, johnson will get tackled behind the starting line and blame everyone else for it.

  24. phillylawhopeful says: Jul 24, 2013 8:20 AM

    There’s a reason no one ever said “tape a Chris Johnson to her back.”

  25. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 24, 2013 8:21 AM

    Hate to let facts get in the way, but a cheetah can run up to 70 mph. Their 0-60 is comparable to a sports car. How is this show going to be interesting at all? The only chance Johnson has is if he is driving a car.

  26. beckzhere says: Jul 24, 2013 8:22 AM

    I wonder if the cheetah ran faster prior to its big contract as well.

  27. btellington says: Jul 24, 2013 8:22 AM

    CJ doesn’t have to be faster than the cheetah, he just has to be faster than Devin Hester.

  28. tv426 says: Jul 24, 2013 8:26 AM

    So how do you get a cheetah to run a race? That would be interesting science.

    Greyhounds are trained to do that however. And even though a greyhound is not as fast as a cheetah (not even close) it can reach speeds of about 45mph. More impressive though is that they hit top speed after only 2-3 strides!

  29. jagwires says: Jul 24, 2013 8:46 AM

    I bet the cheetah would do a better job of running in between the tackles.

  30. rukkus1 says: Jul 24, 2013 8:55 AM

    This is the best story of the offseason, and maybe top 5 of all time

  31. dobberdubinsky says: Jul 24, 2013 8:59 AM

    Johnson probably actually thinks he’s gonna win too.

  32. len462 says: Jul 24, 2013 9:03 AM

    If the race is only 3 or 4 yards long I’d put my money on CJ. He makes that run 200 plus times a season. He just better hope the race isn’t more than 5 yards.

  33. The Prophet says: Jul 24, 2013 9:04 AM

    the only way that show could be watchable is if Chris Johnson & Devin Hester were drenched in antelope blood, then let the cheetah loose. Now that’s a race!

  34. sbdt says: Jul 24, 2013 9:09 AM

    “Coach, I can’t play this year because I ruptured my Achilles during the off season. No, no, it wasn’t playing basketball. I was racing a cheetah on TV.”

  35. chiadam says: Jul 24, 2013 9:09 AM

    Tape a cheetah to their backs.

  36. kingsam8 says: Jul 24, 2013 9:10 AM

    My advice: tape it to your back

  37. devildog911 says: Jul 24, 2013 9:12 AM

    Of course they meant the humans are going to race against a cheetos chip… and win.

  38. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 24, 2013 9:15 AM

    How are they going to stop Devin from running sideways?

  39. nananatman says: Jul 24, 2013 10:11 AM

    I out ran a cougar in the woods four days ago, if you really want the thrill of running against an apex predator try the third largest cat in the Americas and fourth largest in the world in the woods, it was a dirt path, uphill and dark and oh yeah the cougar was just chilling out waiting to eat someone. Good luck and thank you God for giving me fast wheels!)

  40. overweightman says: Jul 24, 2013 10:38 AM

    Stay tuned for our next episode, when Chris Johnson goes head to head with a pig in a spelling contest.

  41. somekat says: Jul 24, 2013 10:53 AM

    Most animals are much faster than people. Humans are generally a very slow species. Humans make up for it by having endurance that no other species can match.

  42. jayniner says: Jul 24, 2013 10:53 AM

    But put CJ up against the slowest animals on earth(a defensive line) and he doesn’t stand a chance….

  43. granadafan says: Jul 24, 2013 10:57 AM

    Devin Hester would never finish the race as he keeps running out of bounds.

  44. purplehaze28 says: Jul 24, 2013 11:12 AM

    Cheetah sets new world record, running scared for his life thinking he’ll get eaten by that uggly-a$$ grill!

  45. channer81 says: Jul 24, 2013 11:37 AM

    I think Cheetahs are more built for zone blocking schemes, the knock on them is their pass blocking is pretty sub-par, and after they’ve taken one to the house, they need like 15 min to rest…But you can pay them in venison.

  46. stoogy says: Jul 24, 2013 11:38 AM

    What is this a one legged cheetah?

  47. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 24, 2013 11:45 AM

    Allow the cheetah to chase Johnson and Hester and then we will tune into see “when animals eat people.”

  48. squared80 says: Jul 24, 2013 11:50 AM

    Yeah, because humans can run 80mph. Oh, wait…

  49. richkotitte says: Jul 24, 2013 11:59 AM

    J. Jones is having coach Garrett beat the bushes for a cheetah with good hands

  50. tindeaux says: Jul 24, 2013 12:31 PM

    this is nonsense. Next thing you’ll hear is that CJ will race against a Ferrari. bet on it. What a bunch of m0r0n and $tupid promoters

  51. vikes49 says: Jul 24, 2013 12:35 PM

    I heard the next episode has Adrian Peterson wrestling a grizzly and AD won!!! SKOL!

  52. timmmah10 says: Jul 24, 2013 12:41 PM

    I’d rather see them eat a cheeto in the kitchen and race to the bathroom before it comes out of them.

    To be honest, that would be closer to news than this.

  53. dgreenfi says: Jul 24, 2013 12:43 PM

    With the 1st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select… Cheetah.

  54. thraiderskin says: Jul 24, 2013 1:03 PM

    @somekat, the hyena…

    Also, man-kinds’ natural defense/weaponry is our ingenuity. For example see: guns, cars, locked doors, etc.

  55. vonkaiser2001 says: Jul 24, 2013 1:04 PM

    These are absolutely…without a doubt…the funniest azz comments I have EVER READ ON ANY ARTICLE EVER!!! Well done gentleman!!!

  56. conormacleod says: Jul 24, 2013 1:06 PM

    I wish the season would start already.

  57. miamiron says: Jul 24, 2013 1:13 PM

    I agree 100% that if Ted GinnJr raced a cheetah “to the sidelines” Ginn would win

  58. 2ruefan says: Jul 24, 2013 1:26 PM

    Make it fair for Devin. A contest where the cheetah attempts to field a punt….

  59. rextraordinaire says: Jul 24, 2013 1:27 PM

    The saddest part is the cheetah is not only faster than these guys, but he can catch better too.

    I’d say he’s better at breaking tackles as well but who would even attempt to tackle a cheetah? Not only would the cheetah kill you, the ref wouldn’t call unnecessary roughness in fear of suffering the same fate.

  60. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:10 PM

    I bet the Cheetah runs better routes than Hester.

  61. steelerben says: Jul 24, 2013 3:31 PM

    1rockyracoon says:
    Jul 24, 2013 8:21 AM
    Hate to let facts get in the way, but a cheetah can run up to 70 mph. Their 0-60 is comparable to a sports car. How is this show going to be interesting at all? The only chance Johnson has is if he is driving a car.


    I believe the entertainment comes from showing you what some of the fastest humans on the face of the planet look like up against the fastest animal on land. People know cheetahs are fast, but the scale of how fast they are eludes most. It is like that picture of Yao Ming and JJ Watt. You know Yao is gigantic, but you don’t realize how big until you see him make an NFL lineman look like a child.

  62. gmsingh says: Jul 24, 2013 3:40 PM

    They should just race Ryan Braun–0h, that would be a cheater, not a cheetah.

  63. GenXJay says: Jul 24, 2013 6:54 PM

    C.j. – a muti-million dollar sideshow.

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