Marquise Goodwin Beats Donte Jackson to Win 40 Yards of Gold's $1 Million Prize

Megan ArmstrongCorrespondent IIIJune 30, 2019

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Marquise Goodwin #11 of the San Francisco 49ers kneels in the endzone and prays prior to the start of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Marquise Goodwin is $1 million richer.

The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver topped the field in Saturday night's inaugural 40 Yards of Gold competition hosted by Chad Ochocinco at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

David Furones @DavidFurones_

Marquise Goodwin tops Donte Jackson by .05 seconds to win inaugural 40 Yards of Gold title. Absolutely electric. He wins the $1 million prize. https://t.co/FPJWcGOGAO

David Furones @DavidFurones_

Marquise Goodwin with the $1 million check for winning the inaugural 40 Yards of Gold. https://t.co/5R8IGbLHyZ

The 40-yard race was meant to determine the fastest man in the NFL, though former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho didn't think a competition was necessary to dub Goodwin the fastest man in the league:

Emmanuel Acho @thEMANacho

Yโ€™all really let @marquisegoodwin con yโ€™all out of 1 million dollars?? Who Didnโ€™t Think he was the fastest man in the NFL ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ https://t.co/ftOM4scorM

The event was divided up into an offensive side and defensive side of the bracket, totaling 16 players:

Patrick Claybon @PatrickClaybon

A look at the @ochocinco 40 yd dash bracket https://t.co/1wNVKtzJWG

Goodwin defeated Denver Broncos running back Khalfani Muhammad in the offensive final to advance to the final against Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson. Jackson barely edged out Chicago Bears defensive back John Franklin III by 0.01 seconds in the defensive final. The crowd was rooting on Franklin, who played wide receiver at Florida Atlantic University in 2017.

David Furones @DavidFurones_

Donte Jackson tops John Franklin III by .01 (!) seconds in a 40 Yards of Gold semifinal. Itโ€™s Jackson vs. Marquise Goodwin in a big-name final. https://t.co/yeUBn9GesJ

Goodwin has long been heralded for his speed. The 28-year-old posted a 4.27-second 40-yard dash time at the 2013 NFL combine before the Buffalo Bills selected him in the third round. Even before that, though, Goodwin was a decorated track and field athlete.

Friday, Goodwin prepared for the competition by hanging poolside with a tiger and catching footballs while balancing on an elephant's back. Some people are just built differently.

MG @marquisegoodwin

#Fearless Friday ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ https://t.co/E1h8zRdLt9

Rich Eisen Show @RichEisenShow

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿˆ @49ers WR @marquisegoodwin is out here catching passes off the back of an elephant in the ocean . No big deal! https://t.co/doMo8R8RzS

While Goodwin has made a name for himself, perhaps the biggest star to grace the makeshift track was Grammy-nominated rapper Rick Ross, who performed during an intermission before the Goodwin-Jackson final:

Darren Heitner @DarrenHeitner

The @40YardsofGold event leveled up with @RickRoss. https://t.co/pYVrfztx0F

Chad Johnson @ochocinco

Pepe & @RickRoss ยฎ๏ธ https://t.co/wwsG0xao93

Another superstar present was New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl running back and 2017 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara. Kamara was ousted from the tournament by New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson in the first round.

David Furones @DavidFurones_

Robby Anderson tops Alvin Kamara in the first round of 40 Yards of Gold. https://t.co/nbqECC5mi2

Goodwin can stack this $1 million next to the $2.95 million base salary he's set to earn next season, according to Spotrac.

And if we can take anything away from Ochocinco's exorbitant track record, it's that 40 Yards of Gold will probably be back and even bigger next year.