The Duel

NFL Players Set To Race in 40-Yard Dash Tournament to Determine Fastest Man in League

By Paul Shapiro
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The question of who's the fastest player in the NFL continues to be a hot topic, especially around the NFL Combine. With the 2019 season still two months away, a group of two dozen NFL players will compete in a bracket tournament vying for the title of fastest player in the NFL.

After Ted Ginn Jr. said he would race anyone for $10,000, it's no wonder that he's one of the 24 contestants.

Along with Ginn is his New Orleans Saints teammate Alvin Kamara, former Saint-turned-Ravens' running back Mark Ingram and nine other offensive players. The list includes the Jets' Robby Anderson, the Giants' Corey Coleman and Bears' running back Tarik Cohen. On the defensive side are notable names like the Vikings' Trae Waynes, the Redskins' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Titans' Kevin Byard and Budda Baker, of the Cardinals.

The offensive players will compete head-to-head on one side of the bracket with the 12 defensive players doing the same on the other side. There is also a yet-to-be-announced mystery participant on the offensive and defensive sides of the bracket. The winners of each side will face off in a championship.

Just imagine if one of these mystery participants just happens to be a retired Usain Bolt, who was able to run a 4.22 in a tracksuit at a promotional event prior to the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta.

Fan voting will ultimately determine the seeding for the tournament, with voting concluding on Sunday, May 26. The matchups will begin to be announced by 40 Yards of Gold once the seeds have been determined.

While the players participating have 40 times ranging from 4.3 to 4.6, arguably the fastest player in the NFL won't be in the tournament. John Ross, of the Cincinnati Bengals, set an NFL Combine record of 4.22 in 2017.

The inaugural 40 Yards of Gold tournament is scheduled for June 29, about two weeks before NFL Training Camp starts. It's also important to note that this event has no affiliation with the NFL.

No matter who is ultimately dubbed the fastest man in the NFL, this could turn into a must-watch event during what's typically a slow time for sports fans.


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