Usain Bolt responds to John Ross’ 40-yard dash challenge

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No chance.

Bengals wide receiver John Ross challenged Usain Bolt to a 40-yard dash before the NFL Draft last month.

Bolt responded Saturday, asked by ESPN.com what he thought Ross’ chances were of winning the race that will never happen.

“Zero. Absolutely none, you know what I mean?” Bolt said, chuckling. “I think over the years people always aim to the top. Always. I’ve learned something through the ranks that it’s a ladder. But no one wants to climb the ladder. Everybody just wants to get to the top of the ladder. They always want to beat me, but no, no chance.”

Ross, a University of Washington product, broke the NFL combine record by running a 4.22-second 40-yard dash in March.

“I would compare my speed to Usain Bolt,” Ross, drafted No. 9 overall by the Bengals, said before the draft. “In a 40-yard dash, I think I’d beat Usain Bolt. Usain Bolt, I know I can get you in the 40. Whenever you want to meet me up, we can do it.”

Ross’ claim became hollow when another sprinter, American Christian Coleman, ran a 40-yard dash in 4.12 seconds in video posted last week by the University of Tennessee.

Coleman has a 100m personal best of 9.95 seconds and finished sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Bolt has a 100m personal best of 9.58 seconds and won the last three Olympic titles.

Ross responded to Bolt’s words of wisdom later Saturday, via Twitter:

“i just wasnt gonna say he could beat me nothing but respect for the [goat emoji],” was posted on Ross’ account.

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Olympic sprinter tries out for Carolina Panthers

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Marvin Bracy hasn’t played a football game in more than five years. But after sprinting at the Rio Olympics, he has returned (at least for now) to the team sport.

Bracy, a former Florida State wide receiver, is at a 35-player rookie tryout camp with the Carolina Panthers this weekend. The team has three open roster spots at the moment.

If Bracy doesn’t make the Panthers roster, he may try elsewhere, even in the Canadian Football League, he said in March, before settling on returning to track. Bracy did race in three track meets in April.

“If I have to make a choice, I’m going to stick with the gridiron, if I have that opportunity,” Bracy said at FSU’s pro day in March. “But if not, if track is what I’ve got to do, it’s what I’ve got to do, because I’ve got family to take care of.”

The Panthers camp comes nearly nine months after Bracy finished 11th in the 100m at the Rio Games. He snagged the last spot on the Olympic 100m team over veterans Mike Rodgers and Tyson Gay at trials last June.

“[Medaling at the Olympics] would have made the decision a hell of a lot harder,” Bracy said of switching back to football, according to the Charlotte Observer. “But I wanted to get back on the field for so long now.”

Bracy said at FSU’s pro day in March that he tossed and turned over his decision to leave school in 2013 and pursue a pro track career. He remembered thinking it was the wrong decision as he merged onto Interstate 10 in Tallahassee four years ago.

Bracy never played a down for the Seminoles, redshirting his freshman year in 2012. He missed spring 2013 practice with a hamstring injury before turning pro.

“I won’t say I regret it, leaving, but I always had that what-if factor going on in my head,” Bracy said at FSU’s pro day, where he was told he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds (he also believed he ran a quicker 40 but wasn’t given the time). “I just told myself I couldn’t live with the decision of not knowing what it could have been [in football]. If I come out here, and I fail, or if I get a tryout with a team and I fail, then I can at least sleep knowing that, OK, you tried, and it just wasn’t for you. You know, track is your calling, whatever, whatever. If it works out, and I become one of the greatest players to ever play [football], I can say, well, I had the courage to go out there and give it a shot.”

About 40 Olympians have gone on to play in the NFL. Patriots safety Nate Ebner and former Lions running back Jahvid Best competed in Rio in rugby and track, respectively.

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Olympic wrestling medalist says no to football

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Olympic wrestling bronze medalist J’den Cox reportedly chose not to pursue football for the University of Missouri in the fall.

Cox, 22, was announced Thursday as a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at Missouri, where he won three NCAA titles and exhausted his NCAA eligibility this past season.

Cox, who is still an active international wrestler, chose to join Missouri’s wrestling staff rather than attempt to supplement his wrestling training with one season of college football. The all-state linebacker in high school is eligible to play one year of college football because he didn’t use a redshirt season in wrestling.

Cox met several times with Missouri football coach Barry Odom after winning his last NCAA title in March before telling Odom this week of his decision, according to the Kansas City Star.

Cox said in August that he planned to play football at Missouri. He was less emphatic after winning his last NCAA title in March, saying that night he would discuss it with Odom.

Cox is expected to compete in the world championships team trials next month, vying for the one U.S. spot in the 86kg freestyle field at worlds in Paris in August.

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