Who’re the quickest NFL gamers in monitor’s 100m?

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When DK Metcalf strains up to race the 100m towards among the U.S.’ greatest sprinters on Sunday, he may even compete towards historical past — a protracted line of soccer speedsters to excel in monitor (most of whom did so earlier than getting into the NFL).

Right here’s an inventory of the quickest wind-legal 100m instances from males who performed in an NFL common season sport (statistics by way of World Athletics, Tilastopaja.org and Professional Soccer Reference):

1. Jim Hines — 9.95 (1968)
The 1968 Olympic 100m gold medalist was the primary man to interrupt 10 seconds with digital timing and stays the one NFL participant to take action. Hines was a sixth-round decide within the 1968 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He joined the staff after the Mexico Metropolis Video games, was given the quantity 99 and later an unlucky nickname for a large receiver — “Oops.” He performed in 10 video games between 1969 and 1970 for the Dolphins and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

2. Trindon Holliday — 10.00 (2009)
The 5-foot-5 return specialist positioned second within the 2007 USATF Outside Championships behind Tyson Homosexual, however handed on a world championships spot to concentrate on soccer. He was eradicated within the 2008 Olympic Trials semifinals, was drafted in 2010 within the sixth spherical by the Houston Texans, then performed amongst 5 groups within the common season from 2011-14.

(All-Professional Raiders huge receiver Cliff Department ran a recorded 10.0 on the 1972 NCAA Championships, which was presumably hand timed and isn’t counted by World Athletics.)

3/4. Jeff Demps/Jacoby Ford — 10.01 (2008/2009)
Demps is the lone energetic sprinter on this record. His greatest time got here on the 2008 Olympic Trials, counting because the nationwide highschool file although it got here the summer season after the top of his prep profession. He later received a nationwide soccer title on the College of Florida, was a part of the 4x100m relay on the 2012 Olympics and performed in two NFL video games as a return specialist in 2013.

Ford is healthier identified for his days as a Raiders huge receiver (57 receptions from 2010-13), however he clocked 10.01 whereas a Clemson sprinter in 2009. As Jesse Squire famous, an argument could be made that Ford is the quickest man who performed considerably within the NFL.

5/6. Bob Hayes/Ron Brown — 10.06 (1964/1983)
Hayes is the one man with an Olympic gold medal and a Tremendous Bowl ring, attaining the previous on the 1964 Tokyo Video games and the latter in 1972 throughout a Corridor of Fame huge receiving profession largely with the Dallas Cowboys. He ran 10.06 to dominate the Olympic remaining, which Tim Layden lined as a part of this story final 12 months.

Brown ran his 10.06 in 1983, after he turned down the Cleveland Browns, who drafted him within the second spherical that 12 months, to pursue the 1984 Olympics. Brown completed fourth within the 100m in Los Angeles and earned relay gold. He then went to the NFL, taking part in 100 video games primarily as a return specialist.

7. Alvis Whitted — 10.07 (1996)
Sixth within the 1996 Olympic Trials 200m received by Michael Johnson in a world file (that Johnson later broke on the Atlanta Video games). Whitted ran that remaining in lane two, sandwiched amongst three particular person Olympic gold medalists — Carl Lewis (lane one), Mike Marsh (4) and Johnson (5). Whitted returned to NC State, then performed 9 seasons as a large receiver between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Raiders.

8. Darrell Inexperienced — 10.08 (1983)
Referred to as the NFL’s Quickest Man for profitable the league’s annual head-to-head dash competitors 4 instances within the Eighties and ’90s. Inexperienced, a Corridor of Fame cornerback for Washington who by no means competed on the Olympics, dusted 1984 relay gold medalists Brown and Sam Graddy, 1992 Olympic bobsledder Herschel Walker, bobsledder and masters dash champion Willie Gault and Mel Grey, the Detroit Lions’ ace return specialist. Inexperienced additionally reportedly ran a 4.09-second 40-yard sprint, quicker than the NFL Mix file (4.22), although Inexperienced tweeted in March that it was “someplace within the vary of 4.09ish.”

9. Sam Graddy — 10.09 (1984)
1984 Olympic 100m silver medalist behind Lewis. Graddy performed 43 video games over 5 NFL seasons as a large receiver.

10. Willie Gault — 10.10 (1982)
Gault certified for the 1980 Olympics as a part of the 4x100m relay pool, however the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Video games. He then started an 11-year NFL profession as a large receiver, profitable Tremendous Bowl XX with the Chicago Bears (and helped manage the “Tremendous Bowl Shuffle,” the place he was the second solo singer between Walter Payton and Mike Singletary). Whereas taking part in soccer, he needed to bid for LA 84, however was barred over guidelines that saved skilled athletes out of the Video games. In 1988, Gault traveled to the Calgary Winter Video games with the U.S. bobsled staff as a non-competing alternate. Gault owns 100m masters world data for ages 45-49 (10.72), 50-54 (10.88) and 55-59 (11.30).

*Half of the lads on this record (plus Department) performed for the Raiders, who weren’t shy about drafting or signing pace.

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