Travis Benjamin wants to take up Ted Ginn on his 40-yard dash challenge

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Saints receiver Ted Ginn said recently that he would race anyone for $10,000, but “anyone” apparently doesn’t include Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin.

Benjamin was asked about Ginn’s challenge and said he tried to take him up on it, and would love to participate in next month’s planned 40-yard dash tournament featuring several NFL players, but when he reached out he never heard back.

“When I wrote them they didn’t write me back, so I knew what that was,” Benjamin said. “I won’t back down from a challenge one bit. I’m a competitive person. If you want to get on the field and race, we can race.”

Benjamin, who ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash, would seemingly be a good player to invite to the 40-yard dash tournament, although that tournament may not happen anyway once players begin to consider how the prize money compares to how much they could lose in salary if they suffer an injury.

20 responses to “Travis Benjamin wants to take up Ted Ginn on his 40-yard dash challenge

  1. I would prefer to see that young guy just out of high school that first accepted the challenge whip all the NFL players. Since he can, I bet they won’t let him into that race.

  2. My new favorite Cleveland Browns player Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi will smoke anyone in the NFL in the 40 yd dash. You don’t know him now, but follow the Browns this year and you will soon know. He’s the next Josh Cribbs.

  3. Well, that figures, doesn’t it. Ginn only wants competition he knows he can beat, real contenders need not apply. That’s the way it goes with those who are inclined to shoot their mouths off.

  4. Any professional football player taking on this challenge is a certified egomaniac idiot. What’s the upside? $10k and bragging rights. That speaks to the “egomaniac” side of the descriptor.

    What would be WAY better is for the original “Bet!” counter-offered by high school sprint record-holder Mathew Boling.

    KISS

  5. Its running! If these FOOTBALL players are scared of getting hurt, they may need a new profession. These guys run sprints every day with bands, weights, and parachutes to increase speed. Let them compete, that’s what they live for.

  6. its too early for a hamstring injury for a lousy 10k especially for any player who is on a none guaranteed or 1 year deal or contract year. Missing significant time over 10k will hurt you for that next deal

  7. I predict that Ginn drops out of the challenge race with a faux hamstring just before the event. He’s a talker, not a walker.

  8. If Roger Goodell can make a $ off it take it to the bank that this will happen.
    Since his whole world revolves around money let the countdown begin.
    BTW, as much as I dislike Goodell I would certainly tune in to see the NFL’s fastest man competition.

  9. chrisdmv says:
    May 29, 2019 at 8:52 am
    its too early for a hamstring injury for a lousy 10k especially for any player who is on a none guaranteed or 1 year deal or contract year. Missing significant time over 10k will hurt you for that next deal

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    Injury can come at anytime. If they get hurt running a 40 yard then most likely they were going to get hurt anyway during practice or a game, assuming the proper techniques were used to begin with.

  10. Ginn has been exposed for the false bravado fraud that he is. He won’t even race the high school kid.

  11. imtoddp says:
    May 29, 2019 at 7:38 am
    Any professional football player taking on this challenge is a certified egomaniac idiot. What’s the upside? $10k and bragging rights. That speaks to the “egomaniac” side of the descriptor.
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    You must have not played any sports at a high level. Why do you think nba players take pickup games etc? If you’re an athlete you want to play the best, be the best, etc it’s not an ego driving, it’s the same competitive edge that got them to the level they are at.

  12. Ted Ginn Jr needs to realize that after more than a decade of 10+ plus years worth of NFL Wear and tear on his body that he no longer runs a 4.30 40 yard dash anymore. I would LOVE to see Ginn put his money where his mouth is race rookie WR Andy Isabella with his world class speed as a former HS track and field star state champion with Elite 4.31 40 speed. I remember when Ginn was an Arizona Cardinal he wasn’t even the fastest guy on the team BACK IN 2014 OR 15 whenever it was, both John Brown and Patrick Peterson were both a whole lot faster. Peterson had no problem running him down from BEHIND in practice.

  13. Scared of getting hurt in a 40 yard dash? I mean, yes, it can happen, but at this point it sounds like you’d prefer them to be wrapped in bubble wrap during the offseason

  14. Just let Teddy Ginn see the sidelines and no one will beat him there.
    -Miami fan in the know

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