Kansas City Chiefs’ wide receiver Tyreek Hill is still calling out eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world’s fastest man Usain Bolt. Hill said he’s willing to put up his Super Bowl ring in a wager to get the race done.
Hill is confident he can beat Bolt, as he told TMZ Sports.
“Me and you can just meet at a local high school,” Hill said in a message to Bolt. “I can come to Jamaica. We can get it poppin’ on the YouTube. Huh!?”
The two started their dispute back in July with Hill calling out Bolt. They’ve gone back and forth for months with no movement towards a race. Though recently Bolt said he would wager one of his gold medals.
Hill is no doubt the fastest man in the NFL. But this is Usain Bolt we are talking about. The 100 and 200 meter world record holder. If they are racing on a track with spikes out of starting blocks, it’s the Jamaican national all day every day.
Bolt dismissed Hill earlier this summer bringing up the time he ran the 40 at the NFL combine in sweats and no spikes with a blistering 4.22.
"Me & Tyreek Hill got into it 1 time..
He was talking bla bla bla but then I went to the combine 1 year & if you go on the net right now.. I ran 4.22 in my sweats..
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) July 29, 2021
Just saw Usain Bolt tie the fastest NFL 40 yard dash with 4.22 #SBLIII
Wasn’t wearing running spikes either pic.twitter.com/Fv8fK2S9ZR
— simon crosse (@simoncrosse) February 2, 2019
Hill has 84 catches for 932 yards and eight touchdowns through 11 games this season and looks like he’s headed again to All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections.
At 27, Hill is in his prime and in peak athletic shape. Still most people don’t believe he has a shot at beating the fastest manto ever live.
If you not faster than me keep that mouth closed 😂
— Ty Hill (@cheetah) November 30, 2021
Bolt is 35 and retired from professional competition, so if there was ever a chance Hill could beat Bolt, it is now.
Bolt did toy with the idea of coming back in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a conversation with BBC, he shared his thought process.
“It’s too late. If I was going to come back it would have been to be for this Olympics,” Bolt said.
“When I told my coach I was going to retire he sat me down and said ‘when you retire that’s it. I’m not doing any comeback tours, nothing. So make sure you are ready to retire.’
“I remember I went to him in 2019 and said ‘what do you think about coming back for the Olympics?’ And he looked at me and said ‘don’t even start.’
“So if it’s not my coach, I’m not going to do it, because I believe in him and if he says no, it’s no — but I’ve got that itch though.”
That’s the thing when you are a world-class elite athlete and champion like Bolt. Even in retirement you’re looking for something to satisfy that itch. When you are the greatest of all time at something, it’s even harder.
Maybe a big-time race against Hill would be enough to satisfy the itch. Particularly at his advanced, for running, age. Bolt could be a life coach for all of these young, inexperiences runners with potential, based on what she told Sha’Carri Richardson.
There is potential downside. What happens if Bolt loses? Could he lose?
Regardless, this race will be a draw.
You can make this a pay-per-view event and charge people to watch it. Have a run-up to the event like a HBO Sports “24/7” where we see the guys training and getting ready, and trading barbs on social media. It would be great theater.