For a couple months now there’s been some friendly banter between Kansas City Chiefs speedster and Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt. Tyreek Hill is one of the fastest players the NFL has ever seen. His speed and quickness are unmatched, and with the 27-year-old in his prime, he wants to prove he’s the fastest player in the NFL and world.
Hill and Bolt have been ribbing one another for a while, Bolt even dared Hill to put his Super Bowl ring up against the Jamaican sprinting legend’s eight Olympic gold medals. In fact, Hill told Bolt his one Super Sunday ring was worth all eight of his gold medals.
The verbal exchange has hit a fever pitch, setting up a potential pay-per-view situation in the future.
Although the race has yet to come to fruition, Hill opened up the lines of communication again on Tuesday after an interloper entered the friendly rivalry.
When TMZ Sports put a microphone in front of Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf this month he made the following statement: “Yeah. I can beat Tyreek Hill in a race.”
Hill wasted no time accepting the challenge, and he also included the aforementioned Bolt in his response. Hill told Bolt he’ll handle him after a warmup race against Metcalf.
Usain after I warm up on DK I’m coming for you 😈
— Ty Hill (@cheetah) February 21, 2022
Bolt is the fastest man in history having won the 100 and 200 meters gold medal at three consecutive Olympic Games. He’s also the world record holder in the 100 and 200 meter races. Metcalf possesses sub 4.4 speed in a 230-pound frame.
Hill Has Dynamic NFL Speed: Bolt Possesses World-Class Speed
“The Cheetah,” as Hill’s affectionately known, has been showcasing that unreal speed since the Kansa City Chiefs took a chance on him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft. He has 67 career touchdowns, with 21 coming from at least 40 yards, and 13 from at least 50 yards. Both are the most in the league since his arrival. Most of that damage was done as the recipient of Patrick Mahomes’ throws. Hill’s no stranger to the track himself, as he was a USA Today All-American track star in 2013.
In his prime, Bolt’s speed looks effortless, as he breezed to victory after victory in four Olympics for his home nation Jamaica. The 6-foot-5 sprinter won eight gold medals across those four Olympiads (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016). Bolt’s also the first person to set three world records in a single Olympics.
Bolt Jabs Hill For Losing During Pro Bowl Weekend: He Lost To A Linebacker
During the NFL Pro Bowl festivities, Hill came in last in a four-person race which was supposed to determine who the fastest player in the league was. Dallas Cowboys linebacker and reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons won.
Bolt told TMZ Sports the following:
“He’s not ready. He got beaten by some linebacker! He ain’t ready for this!”
Usain Bolt clowned Tyreek Hill's speed, laughing about the NFL star's effort in a race at the Pro Bowl. https://t.co/UNZrn9A0ui
— TMZ (@TMZ) February 16, 2022
If the race does materialize it would be reminiscent of the Michael Johnson versus Donovan Bailey race from 1997. That race was to determine who the fastest man in the world was. However, both contestants were actual world class track runners by profession.
NBC’s Bob Costas stated that Johnson’s time in the 200 meters (19.32) which would be (9.66) divided by two, was better than Bailey’s (9.84) in the 100 meters. Bailey took exception to that and challenged Johnson, who accepted. The race didn’t live up to the hype as Johnson pulled up lame after realizing he was about to get smoked. Bailey won by default, but both walked away much richer.
A race between Bolt, Hill and Metcalf would definitely pull some eyeballs and fits the mold of reality TV-style competitions that have invaded sports, especially boxing.
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