Tyreek Hill says he wants to try out for the Olympics

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Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill may be the fastest player in the NFL, but this year he’s hoping to compete with the fastest runners in the world.

Hill said that he would like to see if he could qualify for the 2020 Olympics, which take place in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9.

“Hopefully after this season, if I’m healthy and my mind is still in the right place, I really want to try to qualify for some Olympic teams,” Hill said.

Asked if he was serious about this and had looked into it, Hill said, “Yeah. Yeah, I have. I have.”

Hill acknowledged, however, that he’d have to change a lot about what he eats and how he trains, and that wouldn’t necessarily leave him in top football shape.

“But the thing is, I weigh like 195 right now. Back in high school, when I ran a 9.9[-second 100-meter dash], I was like 175. So it would be me changing my whole diet that I’ve been doing to get to where I am now,” Hill said.

Hill would be an extreme long shot to make the U.S. Olympic team, but it would be interesting to see him try.

34 responses to “Tyreek Hill says he wants to try out for the Olympics

  1. I will never understand that mentality. I sacrificed 15 years worth of other opportunities at his age to end up in a position that pays very low six-figures, and I count myself fortunate. Pay me multiples of that, like Hill’s employer does, and I wouldn’t do anything professionally to put that at risk…Olympics or no.

  2. come on, getting a big head much? Over confident are we? It is comments like this that makes me think the 49ers are going to roll over the chiefs.

  3. Very much a long shot, but he should go for it. I have found that as you get older, you mostly regret the things you did not do, rather than the things you did.

    The Olympic Trials are June 19th to the 28th, in Oregon. 1st round of the 100m trials are on Saturday, June 20th. The trials at least would not interfere with training camp.

  4. By the way, Mr. Hill’s fastest time in high school in the 200m (20.14) would have placed him 6th in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

  5. I completely understand why he would try it .. there’s a few short years a Sprint athlete has in the window to make it to tge Olympics, and if you miss out its another 4 years to the next one.
    If he Doesn’t try it, he’ll always wonder…
    Plus, if the Chiefs win the Superbowl, no worries!
    And, the Olympic training will only make him more dangerous as a receiver

  6. For everyone saying he shouldn’t try this….remember Robert Griffin? He skipped the Olympics to try and be better prepared for the NFL season his rookie year. Tore his knee up and was never the same. If he could do it over again, you think he’d go represent his country? I do. Football is fleeting, but the chance to be an Olympian is even more brief.

  7. ahzroc says:
    January 29, 2020 at 8:19 am

    “And, the Olympic training will only make him more dangerous as a receiver”
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    How so? Hill will need to lose weight to compete at the Olympics and will need to regain that weight when he is back in the NFL…..

  8. dal1as says:
    January 29, 2020 at 7:33 am
    come on, getting a big head much? Over confident are we? It is comments like this that makes me think the 49ers are going to roll over the chiefs.
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    This isn’t new, he’s wanted to try for years and has publicly stated his desire several times. He has Olympic level speed and would like to challenge himself.

  9. @unclebluck says:
    January 29, 2020 at 9:01 am
    ahzroc says:
    January 29, 2020 at 8:19 am

    “And, the Olympic training will only make him more dangerous as a receiver”
    —————————————–
    How so? Hill will need to lose weight to compete at the Olympics and will need to regain that weight when he is back in the NFL…..
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    Just because his speed is a strength doesn’t mean it cant be significantly improved…
    every aspect of his speed will be improved by this training…not just his straight-ahead vertical burn “9 route”speed (but that , too!) but his explosiveness out of breaks , and his “glide” (Ted Ginn Jr on the Saints has such a deceptively smooth glide that disguises the actual speed he is running) every aspect of his funning skills as a reciever will be enhanced by this…look out in 2020!

  10. The Olympics are only once every 4 years, and usually once in a lifetime for most participants. ALL qualified athletes should compete on behalf of their country, regardless of the effect on their primary sports league.

  11. unclebluck says:
    January 29, 2020 at 9:01 am
    ahzroc says:
    January 29, 2020 at 8:19 am

    “And, the Olympic training will only make him more dangerous as a receiver”
    —————————————–
    How so? Hill will need to lose weight to compete at the Olympics and will need to regain that weight when he is back in the NFL…..
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    He will not actually need to lose much weight, if any. Most of the weight he has added since high school is likely muscle. While some of that will not help him run any faster, it will not slow him down either. Usain Bolt was at 210 lbs in 2016 (he is 6 inches taller than Hill).

    Imagine if Mr. Bolt is able to catch a football! Anybody old enough to remember Bob Hayes?

  12. tigerhawkeye says:
    January 29, 2020 at 6:55 am
    I will never understand that mentality. I sacrificed 15 years worth of other opportunities at his age to end up in a position that pays very low six-figures, and I count myself fortunate. Pay me multiples of that, like Hill’s employer does, and I wouldn’t do anything professionally to put that at risk…Olympics or no.
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    I spent close to 10 years trying to make a living running road races across the country in the late 70s – early 80s. I worked hard and was just barely good enough to avoid being homeless, travelling across the country and often sleeping in my car. I met some amazing people, created memories for a lifetime, made connections that helped me later in life. I, too, “sacrificed opportunities.” Put off college until I was 32, missed some chances at starting a family. I am in my 60s now, comfortably retired, and I do not regret any of that. Truth be told, I don’t think of any of those years of chasing the dream as a sacrifice. I count myself very fortunate.

  13. Do it. Chase your dreams. I think we have all been reminded this week that life is very precious and can be gone in an instant. Do what makes you happy and live life to the fullest.

  14. The man wants to chase his dream so that he has no regrets in life. What is wrong in it ?
    A lot shall definitely depend on whether the Chiefs win Superbowl. If we don’t then you can see him working hard to achieve the team goal for the next season and putting his personal goal on the backburner. Only ultimate sacrifices bring ultimate achievements.

  15. The keys to running fast are the amount of force a person can exert on the ground with each step and how often he can move his legs within a given amount of time. If he can move his legs as quickly as he did when he was younger, and if he puts more force on the ground now than he used to, then he can actually run faster than he did before.

  16. “And, the Olympic training will only make him more dangerous as a receiver”

    Very True! This is actually a reasonable justification — for hiring a sprinter coach.
    Erik Diskerson’s upright running style, and his running efficiency, was due to track & field coaching. Tyreek Hill could quite possibly improve his speed with better technique.

  17. I have a feeling he will not be fast enough although pretty close, but I bet if everyone had to wear football gear when running he would smoke the track guys.

  18. Some of these guys are so delusional. The Olympics are what, 5 months away and Hill thinks he can waltz onto a track and compete? I bet he’d get dusted by everyone on team USA.

  19. The NFL has had a lot of really fast players over the years. I can’t think of a single player that has made a successful transition from the football field to the track. Track is a completely different animal. Track sprinters have to be laser focused on doing lots of little things to take hundredths of a second off their time. It takes an immense amount of hard work and dedication.

  20. That speed will be on full display Sunday. I look for Hill and Yardman to scorch the Niners for two TDs each. All gas, no brakes! To quote another speedster, Jarrod Dyson, “That’s what speed do.”

  21. @fordbw says:
    January 29, 2020 at 2:19 pm
    The NFL has had a lot of really fast players over the years. I can’t think of a single player that has made a successful transition from the football field to the track. Track is a completely different animal. Track sprinters have to be laser focused on doing lots of little things to take hundredths of a second off their time. It takes an immense amount of hard work and dedication
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    he’s already been a track star.
    Doesnt need to learn new skills.

  22. People forget. Marquise Goodwin went to the Olympics as a long jumper and medalled. I think he’s training again to try out at the trials.

    AND Tyreek Hill is a world class sprinter. He won a gold medal at the World Junior Athletic championships. Why shouldn’t he have a go? If he doesn’t try, he doesn’t know.

    I say ‘Go for it’. It’s better to try and fail, than not try at all!

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