Usain Bolt: Why The Fastest Man Alive Is in The Wrong Business

Jeffrey MannCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2008

On Saturday he stunned the sprinting world, easily winning the 100 meter dash in world record fashion.

Every commentator and expert kept talking about how Usain Bolt was too big to be a sprinter, too tall and bulky. And I happened to agree.

Sure, he won the 100 meters—and he'll probably easily win the 200m—but how is he using the fact that he is 6'5" as an advantage? How much money is he going to make as a sprinter, in what will be a short career?

Just think about it, 100 meters is slightly over 100 yards, so we're looking at a guy who could run the length of a football field in under 10 seconds.

Remember that after the Athens Olympics, the Tampa Bay Bucs, Houston Texans, and the Tennessee Titans worked out Justin Gatlin in the hope that he could become a wide receiver.

Justin Gatlin was only 6'1". Usain Bolt has a solid 4 inches on him—and ran the 100 meters 2 tenths of a second faster.

Usain Bolt is only 21, giving any NFL team plenty of time to teach him the details of the game. If he is able to grasp them, he would join an elite company of receivers who are that tall and fast. Think Randy Moss and Terrell Owens.

So I guess the only question left is: How are your hands Usain?