Who would win in a race: arguably the greatest sprinter ever or one of the fastest players in the NFL? We might find out the answer to that question soon.
Retired Jamaican track star Usain Bolt is open to racing Kansas City Chiefs’ wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
“I’ve said it to him. I’ve texted him,” Bolt said on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday. “If you keep talking, I just might show up.”
Hill has certainly been talking. The 27-year-old took a spicy shot at Bolt on July 30, saying Bolt is not the great he once was.
“[Bolt] got out of the game for a reason, right?” Hill said. “He’s old. He’s washed up. And he can’t see me at 40 yards. A 100-yard dash? Yes. That’s what he do. But 40-yard dash, if y’all recording this, [Bolt], you cannot see me.”
Patrick suggested a 70 meter compromise – not a 40-yard-dash and not a 100m race – could settle the beef once and for all.
“I’m good with 70 meters,” Bolt said. “I still don’t think he can take me at 40 meters. Even if he gets there, it’s gonna be close,” Bolt said. “If I could get in shape, I proved already if I really, like, warm up and get ready to go, I can run fast,”
On the show, Patrick suggested the two athletes place a friendly wager on the race, which would take place during Super Bowl weekend: Bolt bets one of his eight Olympic gold medals and Hill risks his championship ring.
“That would be big,” Bolt said. “I don’t think he’s gonna go for it. We should think about it. We should put some thought into that one.”
Bolt holds the world record in both the 100-meter (9.58 seconds) and 200-meter (19.19 seconds) sprints. Hill – who pled guilty for domestic abuse in 2015 – put up official times of 10.19 – even though he broke the 10-second mark with a tailwind, disqualifying it from being official – and 20.14 seconds, respectively, in the two events.
And in the 40-yard dash, Bolt ran a 4.22 – in sweatpants. Hill ran a 4.29 trial ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft at his pro day.
“I told [Hill], ‘you got no chance!'” Bolt said.
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