Look out John Ross, there might be a new "fastest man in football."
Okay, we admit, Tennessee Volunteers sprinter Christian Coleman is a track star and doesn’t play on the gridiron, but one thing's for certain: He’s fast.
After Ross broke the NFL Combine record for the 40-yard dash in March with a stunning 4.22-second run—besting Chris Johnson’s 4.24 record from 2008 and Dri Archer’s 4.26 in 2014—the Tennessee speedster decided to measure things up, and he blew Ross’ time out of the water.
Coleman, who was part of the 2016 Olympics 4x4 100-meter relay team in Rio, clocked in with a 4.12-second 40-yard dash:
— UT Track & Field/XC (@Vol_Track) May 1, 2017
Sure, it’s not at the combine and isn’t technically “official” enough to beat Ross’ record, but the point is made: Coleman is blazing fast.
Coleman’s run raised some eyebrows around the sporting world, including those of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones:
— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) May 1, 2017
The blazing-fast time got a comment from former NFL wideout Chad Johnson, too:
I still got it, I use to do this🤔🤔my footwork go crazy https://t.co/QNCxaRFknH
— Christian Coleman (@__coleman) May 2, 2017
Ross turned his record-breaking speed into a top 10 draft pick after getting picked 9th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft, so if Coleman wants to change careers, he’ll likely have some suitors.
— Tennessee Stats (@Vol_Stats) May 1, 2017
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