Denard Robinson says he thinks he can beat Usain Bolt in a 40-yard dash:
“I’ve watched him run, and I’m pretty sure I can beat him in a 40-yard dash,” Robinson said at Michigan’s media day on Sunday. “I’d get a better start, and I could take him.
“At 60 yards, I’d be in trouble, and at 100 meters, he’d be gone, but I could get him in a 40.”
Much mockery is ensuing on the Twitters, but the concept isn’t completely outlandish. The shorter the race, the better the chance any of us have in staying with – or beating – Bolt.
In the proper conditions, I may be able to beat Bolt in a one-foot dash (those proper conditions being he isn’t paying attention). Robinson may very well be faster off the line or in a short burst than the world’s fastest man.
Robinson’s backup says it’s a fact:
“Denard could do that in a heartbeat – he’s the fastest man in the world,” Gardner said. “I know what Usain Bolt did in the Olympics, and Denard probably couldn’t beat him at 100 meters, but when it comes to football speed at 40 yards, I’d take Denard. He’s that fast.”
Here’s video of Robinson running: