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Usain Bolt meets David Beckham

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Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, recently met former soccer star David Beckham at a restaurant.

Both global sporting icons posted similar photos on social media with similar captions Monday morning.

Beckham played midfield for Manchester United, and Bolt is a longtime fan of the soccer club.

Bolt, who is planning on retiring after the 2017 World Championships, was recently asked about the possibility of Manchester United while hosting a Facebook Live.

“If I had the chance to play for Manchester United, I would go right now,” he said, laughing. “I would retire and start playing futbol right now. That’s how much I really want to play for Manchester United.”

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Usain Bolt says he received offers to play wide receiver in the NFL (video)

BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 27:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the Men's 200 metres final during day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images for IAAF)
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The world’s fastest man as a football player? It nearly happened, Usain Bolt revealed to Dan Patrick this morning.

Bolt did not identify which teams, but said that he had been contacted about the possibility of playing wide receiver in the NFL.

“I’ve never really thought about going,” Bolt said, “but I’ve gotten offers and people have asked me.”

Bolt prefers sprinting because it is non-contact, with the exception of a rare Segway accident.

“I used to watch [football] when I was younger, and the hits that the guys used to take…I know that it is not as bad now, but the hits that the guys would take kind of turned me off,” Bolt said.

There is precedent for Olympic sprinters becoming NFL wide receivers. Most notably, 1964 Olympic 100m champion “Bullet Bob” Hayes went on to win a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bolt’s biggest sprinting rival, 2004 Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin, did answer the call when contacted by the NFL. In 2007, while serving his doping suspension, he had tryouts with the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans, and went to minicamp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But he stopped playing before the preseason started.

“I decided I didn’t want to do it anymore,” Gatlin said to NBC in a pre-Olympic interview. “[Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden] respected me. He didn’t say I would regret it or anything. There was a big learning curve for me. It wasn’t like I was going to be on the field when the preseason came.”

Gruden, who exclusively referred to Gatlin as “Gold Medal,” played Gatlin at wide receiver. But Gatlin wonders if he would have had more success at safety, the position he preferred in high school.

“I don’t know,” Gatlin said. “But I do know I would have missed track and field.”

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Usain Bolt: Kevin Hart is one of my biggest inspirations

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Usain Bolt was asked about people who inspire him while hosting a Facebook Live on Thursday.

He listed several obvious names: his father, four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson and Kevin Garnett, who is one of his favorite basketball players.

Bolt then mentioned a name that even he admitted was a surprise.

“Now, surprisingly, Kevin Hart is one of my biggest inspirations,” he said.

Hart, a popular actor and comedian, regularly posts videos of himself working out on social media. He was recently on the cover of Men’s Fitness.

“He is the type of person who is always working out,” Bolt said. “When I look at that, I’m like, ‘Oh, I have to work out.’”

Bolt has experience running with Hart, who is sponsored by NIKE. Hart challenged Bolt to a race at the 2013 NBA All-Star Game and won by false starting (VIDEO).

Hart has continued to take advantage of opportunities to run with other track and field athletes.

He entered a 5000m race with Matthew Centrowitz, who won the 1500m gold medal in Rio.

Hart also visited Louisiana State University and challenged Jada Martin to a race. He again won by false starting:

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