Nope, the Tennessee Titans star is now calling Usain Bolt—considered by almost everyone to be fastest man ever—out to the field for a 40-yard sprint.
Johnson believes he could probably beat Bolt in a longer race too, but he admits he doesn’t have the proper training.
According to The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt, Johnson said:
I feel like if I would have kept training for track I’d have a chance, but I play football and he runs track, so it’s totally different. I think I could still probably beat him in the 40. If I actually trained for the distance he trained for, I think I’d have a chance.
Considering Bolt just ran over 109 yards (the 100-meter sprint) in just 9.63 seconds—an Olympic record—that is a bold claim. However, Jon Lemons of WEEI.com believes that Johnson has a legitimate shot at beating Bolt in a shorter race.
He said that the Jamaican speedster uses his 6’5” frame to gradually build speed through his long strides, while the shorter running back would be going top speed almost right off the block.
It’s unlikely this race happens anytime soon, as Bolt seems busy concentrating on breaking records and attempting to gain a tryout for Manchester United, the famous soccer team in England.
That puts a damper on any hope that NFL teams had to try and recruit the fastest man in the world to their roster and any chance that Johnson and Bolt are on the gridiron at the same time.
Dan Hanzus of NFL.com pointed out that Bolt already makes $20 million per year in endorsements alone and likely would have no interest in coming to the NFL and taking shots to his wiry frame.
That article also notes that former Ravens coach Brian Billick truly believes that Bolt could run a 3.97 40-yard dash, which would just be ridiculous. That means he would smoke CJ2K in a footrace.
Johnson is never one to shy away from making spectacular statements (like in 2010 when he said he would rush for 3,000 yards the next season), so you can add this latest one about beating Bolt in a 40 to the list.