What a day of football last night, huh? I know it’s only pre-season but I’m juiced! Football really is the only sport in which a team is given a clean slate each year, and as of now, everyone has Super Bowl hopes. Of course, a few teams have more reason to believe that it’s “their” year rather than others, but all in all, the morale is high in every locker room.
But, this post isn’t entirely about football. I want to take this moment to pose to you a question …
How well would Usain Bolt fair in the NFL?
Now, this isn’t the first time a world class sprinter has been the focus of football fans, but there is definitely something different in the air this time around. I mean, when Usain Bolt takes flight, there is no question about it. No one has a chance. It’s a sure thing, a sure bet. More so then Michael Phelps winning a swim meet, more so then Kobe wishing he was Michael Jordan. Those are pretty sure things too. The odds on him to win a race have to be something like -2/1. That’s actually fair. Who here saw him crush his old record in the 200M last night? He had an elephant size lead after 125M, and it was just a laugh after that. I was about to have a lovely dinner at a nice Japanese Restaurant in SF (Ryoko’s) when I saw the highlights on ESPN while waiting for a table. Every person, man or woman (there were no children there) who took a glimpse at the screen and saw Bolt pretty much running against himself, just shook their heads in astonishment. That was followed by the, “Wow, that guy is fast …” expression. Even his name is fast. His name alone would beat you in a 100M sprint spotting you 50M. And I love his arrogance. I usually hate cocky attitudes, but he’s so outwardly assure of himself that he turns every moment caught on camera as an audition for “For The Love of New York.” He is completely feeling himself. And he has reason to.
Now … imagine him on the football field. Tell me this hasn’t crossed your mind. Devin Hester is already the resident speedster in the NFL, and he brings such excitement to the game every time he touches the ball. Even when the Bears misfired a long ball to him last season, it still made the highlight reels. Usain Bolt would run laps around him. He would run laps around anyone. As if his unmatched speed wasn’t enough, he has something that most past sprinters didn’t have that would help them transition to the grid iron. Height. Bolt is like 6’13”. I have no question that he would be able to adapt to the wide-out position, learn route-running, and all the fundamentals & nuances needed to be a great. I swear this guy is the epitome of the Nike symbol.
Why hasn’t a team (NFL) openly pursued him yet? I’m sorry, maybe I’m on the Usain Bolt bandwagon, but I’m strapped in tight, and a 10 car collision wouldn’t shoot me off this ride. He has easily become my favorite athlete and I want to see him in a new forum, with new work clothes, preferably one that requires a gold helmet.