Are you an NFL prospect? Are you ridiculously fast? Do you want to be a millionaire? Well, you're in luck! Because adidas is offering a million bucks to any prospect who breaks Chris Johnson's 40-Yard Dash record at the 2016 NFL Combine.
Johnson ran a blistering 4.24-second 40 at the 2008 Combine, and his time has held up as the record ever since.
To qualify for adidas's $1 million reward, the prospect has to meet a few stipulations:
- He must be participating in the 2016 NFL Combine.
- He must be wearing adidas footwear when he runs the 40-Yard Dash.
- He must break the all-time NFL Combine 40-yard Dash record. Right now, that's Johnson's 4.24. But if more than one prospect breaks the record, the one who finishes fastest will earn the dough.
Over the last three Combines, only three players have broken the 4.30 mark: Marquise Goodwin ran a 4.27 in 2013, Dri Archer ran a 4.26 in 2014, and J.J. Nelson ran a 4.28 in 2015.
You might think that a million bucks isn't much money to an NFL star, but the fastest guys at the Combine don't always end up earning big contracts. For example, Goodwin averaged $713,469 in annual salary over his first three pro seasons, according to Spotrac.
Who might break the record and earn the cool million? I honestly don't think anyone will beat Johnson's time. It's held up for 8 years for a reason. But if I had to guess one player who has a shot, I'd go with Braxton Miller. During his quarterback days at Ohio State he was clocked at 4.32, and he's probably gotten faster since moving to receiver. He has apparently taken notice of adidas' big bounty, and money can be a great motivator.
You can find the full terms and conditions of the contest over at adidas' official website.
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