2012 Summer Olympics: Why Usain Bolt Would Be a Star in the NFL

John Degroote@john_degrooteCorrespondent IIAugust 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after competing in the Men's 200m Semifinals on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Usain Bolt is reportedly interested in playing professional football.

Unfortunately for NFL fans, its soccer with Manchester United that Bolt is interested in, not the National Football League.

After Usain Bolt won his second consecutive 100-meter dash at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the Twitterverse blew up Sunday night as the worlds most famous sprinter should learn to catch a ball and try his hand in the NFL.

While it may seem like an outlandish idea, Bolt's athletic gifts and personality would translate well to the NFL field.


He's the World's Fastest Man

The most obvious reason Usain Bolt would be a success story in the NFL is because of his speed.

He is the worlds fastest man and has been for nearly a decade. Contrary to what Chris Johnson thinks, no one in the NFL could keep up with Bolt.

"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," Johnson said in an interview with USA Today.

There is no question about it—Bolt would be an elite deep threat in the NFL.

Now imagine if someone like Jay Cutler, Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers were delivering the ball to him down field as he ran by helpless cornerbacks.



NFL Size

Bolt looks like a man among boys when he runs the 100 meter.

Bolt is 6'5" and weighs in at 210 lbs. That height is well suited for a wide receiver in the NFL, but he would have to put on some weight.

Sprinters are not usually known for the prowess in the weight room, but Bolt has the frame to carry at least 225 lbs.

Bolt would be the the same height, if not taller, than almost all of the elite threats at wide receiver in the league.

Calvin Johnson is the same height at 6'5", Larry Fitzgerald is 6'3" and Roddy White is only 6'.

Bolt would tower over most cornerbacks in the NFL, making a battle for possession much easier.

That is if Bolt will even need to battle for a ball. He most likely will be running a lot of streaks, where the play is simply to do what he does best.

Run straight and run fast.




Charisma and Popularity

When people saw Bolt run the 100 meter at the Beijing Olympics, his popularity skyrocketed, and fans of every country were cheering for him.

He crushed his opponents, had a smile on his face while doing it, and then did his patented celebration.

Just imagine the jersey sales the day an NFL team announces that they are signing the the gold medalist. They would fly off the shelves, and he would give fans another reason to come to the stadium.

He also has a cool kind of confidence that would do well in the NFL. Hes cocky, and for good reason. On Wednesday, he won his heat in the 200 meter nearly walking across the finish line.

Some people doubted he could repeat what he did in Beijing, but he proved them wrong in a big way.

His celebration would translate pretty well to the NFL as well.