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Willie Gault claims he could beat DeSean Jackson in a race

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Former Bears and Raiders receiver Willie Gault is 53.  But he can still run fast.  And he says he can run faster than some of the really fast guys in the NFL.

Gault, who spent five years with the Bears and six with the Raiders, tells TMZ that he could beat Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson in a race.

The man who played on a team with a staunch defense and not much of a passing game admits that “[p]robably eight to ten guys [in the NFL are] faster than me, Trindon Holliday, Chris Johnson of course.”

Three years ago, Gault set world records in the 50-54 age group by running 100 meters in 10.88 seconds and 200 meters in 22.44 seconds.

“I just never really stopped running,” Gault said at the time.  “It’s really easy to get out of shape, especially when you get older, and then it’s just way too hard to get back.  People get discouraged because after a few weeks they’re not seeing great results, so they give up.  I never want to get out of shape.  I’ll do it 3-4 times a week until I die.”

We love the attitude and the discipline and the uncanny ability of Gault’s knees and hips and ankles to absorb the pounding for decades.  But we wouldn’t love to see Gault and Jackson race, because the thought that maybe Gault could outrun Jackson is a lot more fun than seeing Gault try it and fail.

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36 Responses to “Willie Gault claims he could beat DeSean Jackson in a race”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 14, 2014 8:48 AM

    Ok we have to set up this race.

    Face down, hut hut hut hut hut hut, go!

  2. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 14, 2014 8:52 AM

    Willie Gault is 53! Who does he think he is, Darrell Green?

  3. schmeff says: Apr 14, 2014 8:55 AM

    Forget DeSean Jackson, I’d like to see him race a 54 year old Darrell Green. My money is on #28.

  4. contract says: Apr 14, 2014 8:56 AM

    This sounds like a replay of Jim Brown vs Franco Harris decades ago.

  5. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Apr 14, 2014 8:56 AM

    Jim Brown once talked tough about how he could play in the NFL of ’83 or ’84, and who he could beat at this or that. When called out to put up or shut up and back up his tough talk, as expected — Brown backed down.

    If Gault actually runs against Desean — even if Gault loses, I’d give him much more credit than he gets now.

    Same for Jim Brown. Quit ridiculing or belittling others with hollow self-serving boasts you have no intention of standing behind.

  6. lscratchingthesurface says: Apr 14, 2014 8:58 AM

    If he can actually run a 100 in 10.8 perhaps he could but it would remain to be seen.

  7. humpofdc says: Apr 14, 2014 8:59 AM

    Maybe 20 years ago, when he was 33 and Desean was 7!

  8. conormacleod says: Apr 14, 2014 9:00 AM

    It’s a win win. If Jackson wins, he beat an old man. If Gault wins, maybe Jackson will go away and shut up.

  9. pftoracle says: Apr 14, 2014 9:01 AM

    Desean will win the first 99 meters, but stop early to flash some signs and celebrate. My money is on Gault. #DeseanAndT.O.RealityShow

  10. doall24 says: Apr 14, 2014 9:03 AM

    got to love the heart of willie gault. in his mind, he believes he can, in his heart, he probably knows he wouldn’t beat desean. father time catches up to all of us. i still love the attitude of gault, ALWAYS BELIEVE!!!

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 14, 2014 9:07 AM

    He’s got good old man speed.

  12. lgbarn says: Apr 14, 2014 9:10 AM

    10.88 is fast and I don’t care who you are, but 53??? That’s incredible.

  13. shogunassasin30 says: Apr 14, 2014 9:31 AM

    schmeff says:
    Apr 14, 2014 8:55 AM
    Forget DeSean Jackson, I’d like to see him race a 54 year old Darrell Green. My money is on #28.

    __________________________________

    Hey BRAH – did you read the part where Gault has the World Record for the 100 meters in his age group?

  14. buckybadger says: Apr 14, 2014 9:35 AM

    If you continue to run your feet, knees and hips will hold up. Our body is made to run, we evolved that way. Our ancestors used to hunt by running down their prey to exhaustion and than beat it with a rock.

  15. bpurd says: Apr 14, 2014 9:58 AM

    Obviously most of you didn’t read the whole article. It is documented that he ran a 10.88 setting the WR for his age group. I’m not sure what Jackson runs now but Willie beating him is not out the question.

  16. wtfchiefs says: Apr 14, 2014 10:00 AM

    10.88 at 54 is incredible, that would definitely be faster that quite a few NFL players.

  17. mickmars says: Apr 14, 2014 10:03 AM

    Jerry Jones could beat him too. Just put a hot interviewer and live TV camera in the back of the opposite end zone and watch him go…….

  18. ghostof34 says: Apr 14, 2014 10:15 AM

    In now way is this a concrete number, but by just dividing the 10.88 seconds by 10, you could take the 1.088 and multiply it by 4 to get his roughly estimated 40 time…at 4.352. Which probably isn’t that far off since the 40 is supposed to be when you are at top speed. So even if he runs a 4.4 at age 54, wow, but what if he runs a 4.3? That’s one fast old dude. Incidentally, 4.35 is what Jackson ran at the 2008 NFL Combine. Which was 6 years ago, is it plausible he has lost a tenth? It is, and not only that in a 100 meters that Gault is trained for, he probably finishes the last 20 meters better than Desean…I’d like to see this race, c’mon DeSean say yes, the old man called you out.

  19. rayguyreturns says: Apr 14, 2014 10:16 AM

    Those times are impressive and I don’t care who you are. Unless your last name is Bolt of course.

  20. atthemurph says: Apr 14, 2014 10:22 AM

    buckybadger says:
    Apr 14, 2014 9:35 AM
    If you continue to run your feet, knees and hips will hold up. Our body is made to run, we evolved that way. Our ancestors used to hunt by running down their prey to exhaustion and than beat it with a rock.
    ————————————————————-

    We were made to walk long distances. Our bodies are made to walk very efficiently and expends much less energy walking than running the same distances.

    Our ancestors walked in front of game, set traps them beat the crap out of it with sticks and stones.

  21. vintwoksd says: Apr 14, 2014 10:23 AM

    Have any of you ever run or trained to run 100 meters competitively? Do you know the toll that it takes on the body to train and execute that? Have you seen Willie Gault and what he looks like today? The guy is a beast and is in top shape. He ran a 10.8 for a 50 year old, not a lot of 20 year olds can do that!

    I hope they do race, I’d put my money on Willie. But like someone else said, it’s a lose lose proposition for Desean.

  22. thedoubleentandres says: Apr 14, 2014 10:25 AM

    There was a story on here during last years slow news off-season that Chris Johnson was going to race a cheetah on tv and one of the comments still tickles me to this day….. I’d rather see Vince Wilfork race a Hippo

  23. rwhite84 says: Apr 14, 2014 10:27 AM

    Reminds me of when CJ2K wanted to race Ted Ginn Jr. If he runs that fast than the old guy probably could beat Desean.

  24. rickywatts80 says: Apr 14, 2014 10:28 AM

    In now way is this a concrete number, but by just dividing the 10.88 seconds by 10, you could take the 1.088 and multiply it by 4 to get his roughly estimated 40 time…at 4.352.
    ————————————————————-
    This is in no way representative of a 40 time. The first 30 yards of the 100 are the slowest. He isn’t going to average 1.088 per 10 yards in the first 30 yards… not even close.

  25. shogunassasin30 says: Apr 14, 2014 10:29 AM

    ghostof34 says:
    Apr 14, 2014 10:15 AM
    In now way is this a concrete number, but by just dividing the 10.88 seconds by 10, you could take the 1.088 and multiply it by 4 to get his roughly estimated 40 time…at 4.352. Which probably isn’t that far off since the 40 is supposed to be when you are at top speed. So even if he runs a 4.4 at age 54, wow, but what if he runs a 4.3? That’s one fast old dude. Incidentally, 4.35 is what Jackson ran at the 2008 NFL Combine. Which was 6 years ago, is it plausible he has lost a tenth? It is, and not only that in a 100 meters that Gault is trained for, he probably finishes the last 20 meters better than Desean…I’d like to see this race, c’mon DeSean say yes, the old man called you out.
    __________________________________

    You just calculated his 40 meter time. 40 meters isnt 40 yards. Also, the 40 isn’t really about top speed. It’s about explosion and acceleration. How quickly you can get to top speed. The 100m is absolutely about who is trully the fastest man. Chris Johnson’s first 40 is every bit as fast Usain Bolt’s for ex. But in no way does it mean Chris Johnson can go out and run the Olympics because he’d get SMOKED. Anyway, Gault’s 40yrd time is about a tenth slower than 4.35. But still, that is flying at any age

  26. doubleogator says: Apr 14, 2014 10:31 AM

    The older you get, the better you were…

  27. psauer4 says: Apr 14, 2014 10:38 AM

    mickmars says: Apr 14, 2014 10:03 AM

    Jerry Jones could beat him too. Just put a hot interviewer and live TV camera in the back of the opposite end zone and watch him go…….

    …..now that’s just funny. And so very true. This is why I love the Rooney family. They always shy away from camera and put players in spotlight.

  28. musicman495 says: Apr 14, 2014 10:42 AM

    Yeah, but as we all know, Gault could not catch a cold.

  29. timbuttrum says: Apr 14, 2014 10:49 AM

    “Hey BRAH – did you read the part where Gault has the World Record for the 100 meters in his age group?”

    Did you read where Green ran a 4.43/40 at age 50?

  30. zo121179 says: Apr 14, 2014 10:54 AM

    He may have been faster but at least D Jax can catch. The only good Willie had with the Bears was to stretch the field for Sweetness.

  31. engage47 says: Apr 14, 2014 11:35 AM

    The race would be a lose/lose for DeSean – Oh, running is bad for your knees is a myth…

  32. mancave001 says: Apr 14, 2014 1:00 PM

    Jackson is 25 years younger, and one of the fastest players in the league. No way he even comes close to losing.

  33. alshonbrandontandem says: Apr 14, 2014 1:03 PM

    I’d take a 53 yr old Gault on my team any day before I’d take any current Vikings WR.

  34. 1phillyphan says: Apr 14, 2014 2:01 PM

    I believe his 100 meter time..its not that unusual for Athletes like him and Darrel green to keep most of their speed. The only way MESean Jackson out runs Gault is if the cops are chasing him..

  35. mortwannabe says: Apr 14, 2014 2:42 PM

    Nobody beats an ’85 Bear.

  36. bizmooner says: Apr 14, 2014 9:21 PM

    Obviously Willie did not do his homework! Desean Jackson beat Chris Johnson so if Wille says he’s concedes to Chris Johnson then he has to concede to Desean! People still think Desean runs the 4.35 40 he ran in college!! Think again, Desean runs a 4.2 40 which is why he flys past people and nobody ever catches him!

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