Usain Bolt thinks he has a better chance in the NFL than Tyreek Hill has in the Olympics

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Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill said before the Super Bowl that he’s seriously considering trying to make the U.S. Olympic team this year. The fastest man of all-time thinks that’s ridiculous.

Bolt told that Hill, who may be the fastest player in the NFL, wouldn’t even be close to competitive with Olympians. Bolt said even the fastest athlete in another sport can’t run at world-class speeds consistently enough to advance through the multiple qualification heats required to make the Olympics.

No, there’s no chance,” Bolt said. “A lot of people think it’s about one-off runs, but it’s rounds that really show who you are and the amount of work you do. So I think no, he wouldn’t make the team.”

Bolt did say, however, that he would love to get a chance to play wide receiver in the NFL and would particularly love to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers.

“I think my hands are good,” he said, “and I know I’ve got the speed.”

It’s probably safe to say that’s not going to happen, just as it’s safe to say Hill won’t be an Olympian. But watching Bolt run a deep route on the football field would be a sight to see.

41 responses to “Usain Bolt thinks he has a better chance in the NFL than Tyreek Hill has in the Olympics

  1. Tyreek would have to lose weight to be a serious runner in the Olympics. Chiefs aren’t going to allow that.

  2. Doesn’t Tyreek run multiple times during the course of the game and throughout the season? So it’s not really a one off run.

  3. If Bolt wanted to play, they’d start him at KR, WR would be a work in progress. Nehemiah was decades ago, defenses would scheme for Bolt’s go routes. Anything short and he’s getting levelled like Shaq guarding the paint. Bring it Insane Bolt…..

  4. He comes off as condescending….Wouldn’t be the first time Tyreek prove people wrong


    Uh, ok. If anything it’s insulting to hear an NFL player say he thinks he could make the frigging US Olympic Track team. Tyreek can fly and is without a doubt the fastest player in the NFL, but it’s akin to saying you have the fastest production car, it means nothing when you take it to the race track and you get dusted by an actual track car.

  5. I believe Bob The Bullet Hayes is still the only man with a Gold medal (in ANY discipline) and a Super Bowl ring.

    Hayes won the 100m with a then-record time, and a 100m relay as the fastest man on the team with another record time, at the 1964 Tokyo Games. He then won a Super Bowl in 1972 with the Cowboys, and still holds many franchise records.

    Hayes retired from track and field at age 21. Usain Bolt is 33.

  6. As a GB fan, sign him! He can’t be worse than anyone else on the roster at WR after Davante Adams.

  7. “He comes off as condescending”

    It’s like Bolt thinks he’s the fastest man of all time or something. Oh, wait…

  8. Bolt is right and wrong. This isn’t a matter if Hill is able. He’s proven that he’s able to run fast enough to likely qualify, posting a 20.14s 200M and a 9.98s 100M in track and those numbers will only be better with proper training and coaching. This is a matter of whether Hill can do it which the answer is no, not because of physical ability but because it would take away from him as a football player. Different body composition, months of proper training and loss of football time would make this a poor career choice.

  9. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    February 7, 2020 at 11:43 am
    Hill could do it, with proper coaching.
    He runs fast despite consistent contact.
    Bolt just runs, period.

    Yeah he just runs faster than any human has ever run… period.

  10. “Remember when Michael Jordan thought he could play baseball”

    My favorite more recent example was when hurdler LoLo Jones decided she could pick up an “easy” Olympic medal by going over to bobsled. She never came anywhere close and it took her a year or two just to figure out the very basic fact that she needed to put on extra muscle mass because having some extra weight for gravity to pull down the track was actually an advantage in that sport. Bottom line is that at the top levels ALL sports are very specialized and even if you are a great athlete in some other discipline you don’t just show up and dominate in some other sport.

  11. Renaldo Nehemiah 2.0…pretty soon Bolt would either get tired of running deep to stretch the defense or tired of defenses beating him up by playing bump and run every week.

  12. I disagree. First of all, there’s the age factor. Hill is quite a bit younger and for Bolt to play in the NFL now is about as feasible as me playing in the NFL. Secondly, Hill is pretty fast. He has run a 4.21 40. He also won a gold medal (4x100m relay) and a bronze (200m) at the 2012 world junior championships.

    Something else. Just because Hill says he wants to compete in the Olympics doesn’t mean it would be in the 100m or 200m dash. He could probably easily make it on a relay team. They generally have six guys so he could run in the preliminary heats.

    I tried to find a 100m time for him but the only one I could find was a 10.19 (in high school) and a 20.14 200m. He also ran a wind-aided 9.98 100m in 2013. That 20.14 200m he ran in high school would have been good for 6th at the 200 in Rio. The 10.19 100m would have been good enough to get to the semifinals in Rio.

    It’s entirely possible he could still be competitive in the 200m and almost assuredly would be fast enough to be an alternate on the 4×100 relay team. That presumes he at least hasn’t lost any speed. Guys usually get faster after high school and Hill is in his mid-20s so it’s entirely possible his times could be faster now with some training. He’d have to be doing it now though.

    The US Olympic qualifying time for the 200m is 20.24. Hill surpassed that in high school eight years ago so that should tell you about how fast he was. In 2012 that time was 20.55 which means Hill could have competed for the Olympic team while he was in high school.

    Hill is plenty fast. The question is does he still have that type of speed.

  13. I think it’s really a matter of the experience of the athlete. If a receiver in the NFL ran D1 Track in college (some of them do) then they have a better chance of competing in track because of the experience (coming out of blocks, etc.)

    But Track stars who have never played football? “Child Please”…

    Remember Renaldo Nehemiah? Pretty much a bust as a 49ers receiver. Because he had NOT clue how to run routes or take a hit.

  14. autumnwind999 says:
    February 7, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Bolt would be great on those 80-to-90 yard routes since that’s when he separates himself from other runners with his long strides in track.

    Well, not much different than trying to cover Randy Moss back in the day. You put a safety over the top. At all times.
    And Bolt would not be ANYWHERE near as good as Moss was at getting free of bump and run. Moss played football his whole life. Bolt did not.

    Bolt would NEVER make it in the NFL. Speed in and of itself is not enough for a wide receiver in the NFL.

  15. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    February 7, 2020 at 11:28 am
    Doesn’t Tyreek run multiple times during the course of the game and throughout the season? So it’s not really a one off run.
    There’s a difference between running/sprinting and racing and especially over distances of 100/200 meters. I do competitive track and field sprinting. I could do 30 yard runs ever 40 seconds easily, but at 90% not flat out racing. Racing though? Maybe 2 in a day with an hour minimum to rest. Its just not the same thing.

  16. Not sure Bolt has any knowledge of Hill’s conditioning so I’m unclear of how he can speak to it and that’s really the only question pending, he is fast enough.

    At the same time he thinks he can make a judgement that he has the numerous qualities it takes to be a WR in the NFL without knowing if those skill exist?

  17. Let’s assume that Bolt has the hands to play in the NFL. All we know that he can do is run fast in a straight line. Can he run routes & is he agile enough evade tacklers? Then can he take the hits?

  18. It’s not about wether he’s fast enough to qualify based on past times in the Olympics. The question is would he be faster than the 3 fastest professional sprinters in the U.S. That seems unlikely.

    Now, if he ran for Iceland or Denmark or another country not typically competitive in the summer Olympics, then he would qualify easily, I would think.

  19. Bolt did say, however, that he would love to get a chance to play wide receiver in the NFL and would particularly love to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers.
    Bolt does not watch football if he thinks Aaron Rodgers is still the standard for QBs. Anyone who has seen Rodgers play the past few years knows that is no longer true. Obviously Bolt is going by rep from years past. I wonder if he chooses pro bowl rosters too?

  20. First and most important, this is a huge non-issue. You have two athletes saying they would “like” to play the other sport, and one saying he thinks the other might not be able to do it.

    I would like to try playing alot of things. Would I be wrong to try?

    Chances are Hill would not make it, for various reasons stated above. But is he wrong for wondering if he could? Is Bolt wrong for stating he thinks it would be harder than Hill thinks?

    I would say no on both accounts.

    But for the sake of taking a stand on the track vs. NFL thing. I would fall on the side that the NFL is more difficult. I say this due to the fact that there is more money to be made in the NFL. If it was an easy transition, there would be alot of sprinters making the switch.

    Athletes will follow the money (and I am not saying that as a bad thing. Most people would go to the company that paid them the most). Just look at how the majority of college athletes that have a choice between the NFL and MLB choose the NFL. So if I am a gifted athlete and think I could be an Olympic sprinter or NFL receiver, I am usually going to choice to go where the money is. Meaning most times, the athlete that picks sprinting did not have the skills to be a stand out receiver.

    But again, moot point. Both athletes are great and accomplish unbelieveable things that place them in elite company.

  21. murphyslaw40 says:
    February 7, 2020 at 12:02 pm
    I believe Bob The Bullet Hayes is still the only man with a Gold medal (in ANY discipline) and a Super Bowl ring.
    And after ALL THESE YEARS Bob Hayes is still the fastest to have ever played in the NFL…..

  22. I seem to remember a football player named Bob Hayes who was some what successful in the Olympics.

  23. Usain, prove yourself against XFL competition, then perhaps an NFL team would give you a try out (probably not, but I’d watch you try to make it in the X).

  24. Well Rodgers is in the bottom half of the league with his 7.0 yards per attempt. I don’t see Bolt excelling in dink and dunk passing or going across the middle.

  25. Funny how some guys in a football site are trying to dispute what the best sprinter of all time thinks about….sprinting. No, you’re wrong. Bolt is correct. It would be like Bolt trying to tell you all how to be beer drinking lazy couch potatoes. You’re the experts on that.

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