LA Times - Playing in the NFL requires a certain amount of bravado and Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is clearly not lacking in that department. Johnson, after all, told reporters that he could beat Usain Bolt in a short race. ”I feel like if I would have kept training for track I’d have a chance, but I play football and he runs track, so it’s totally different,” Johnson said. “I think I could still probably beat him in the 40. If I actually trained for the distance he trained for, I think I’d have a chance.” Bolt is considered the fastest man alive after winning the 100-meter race in an Olympic-record time of 9.63 seconds. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Bolt set world records in the 100 and 200 meters. He runs the 200 on Thursday night in an attempt to become the first Olympian to repeat in that event. Johnson is known as quite the speedster himself. He was a high school track star in Orlando and he clocked 4.24 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in 2008. ”Training for football, we do a lot of short sprints — we do 40s and 50s and things like that. We don’t really train like track athletes,” Johnson said. “If a track athlete tried to come play football it would be totally different (for Bolt).”

Ever since Shaq vs. Hakeem in the Taco Bell one on one challenge that never materialized in 1995, I’ve been obsessed with these sort of hypotheticals. Who Would Win In A Fight? Who’s faster/stronger/better? Trying to compare players from different eras. Cross-sport challenges and shit.

I think this would be a great one. At least assuming Chris Johnson can still run a 4.2 40. I mean don’t get me wrong I’m taking Usain Bolt when it comes to any sort of sprint challenge. But Bolt usually finishes strong in the last 30 or 40 meters because of those long strides. And maybe without starting blocks and not on a race track he loses a fraction of a second here or there from the get go? I don’t know nearly enough about sprinting to know how all this shit works. But I bet the fastest guy in the NFL (whether its Chris Johnson these days or someone else) would give Bolt a run for his money in the 40.

Time to vote

Vote 1 for Chris Johnson/Whoever is fastest in the NFL right now vote 10 for Bolt