Cheetah tried to get closer to Chris Johnson

AP

Titans running back Chris Johnson wasn’t necessarily worried about getting outrun by a cheetah.

At one point, becoming lunch became a legitimate concern.

Johnson and Bears return man Devin Hester ran against the big cat at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., for an upcoming special on Nat Geo Wild.

And things were apparently a little wild from the start, even though they were separated by a fence before the race.

“The crazy thing is when they first set it up and they did a test run before we got there, the cheetah actually jumped over the barrier,” Johnson said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “So they had to make it higher.”

Johnson wasn’t going to divulge the outcome of the race, but did admit to being the victim of a little cat trash-talk, saying: “It stared me down and walked back and forth.”

The fact it wasn’t walking off a meal, and Johnson’s talking about it, is a solid first step.