Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was the star of the track and field events in Beijing, smoking all comers in the 100M, 200M and 4x100M relay events, setting world records in each. He put on a show, dazzling the crowd both with his athleticism and his penchant for celebrations.
Seems like he'd fit right in on an NFL roster, doesn't it?
Apparently, other higher-ups around the league have had similar thoughts. There's a number of problems with this idea, however. First, he doesn't exactly know American football, and it's not the kind of sport that you can just pick up and master. It may seem like big grunts pushing each other around, but there's more technique involved in pro football than a casual fan realizes. So, sure, speed kills - Bolt's got something like a 4.2 40 under his belt - but something tells me after taking his first big hit from Ed Reed or Bob Sanders, he'll slow up just a bit.
But man, 6'5" with that speed? Just crazy.
These guys are athlete's athletes, in better shape than a table tennis player or a synchronized swimmer, I'm sure. And if boxing (which was marred with "shh, don't tell" judging scandals in Beijing) can keep it's Olympic status, why can't MMA get a second look?
Not only could we see it, we think it could be one of the higher-ranked events in either the summer or winter.
And we'd certainly watch.
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