NFL fans often wonder who the fastest player is in the league. Is he on offense? Or is he on defense? Some semblance of that answer may be provided on Saturday June 29th at the 40 Yards of Gold event at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. This event is a 40-yard dash competition in which 16 competitors will go head-to-head in a tournament style format. The winner will be crowned the fastest and leave with a cash prize of around 1.1 million dollars.
Former NFL players Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and Chris Johnson will host the race, which will feature both offensive and defensive players. And there will be 15 races total. The eight offensive players and eight defensive players will appear on opposite sides of the bracket. That way the fastest player from each side of the ball will square off in the final race.
The first round matchups on the offensive side of the bracket are very intriguing. Wide receiver/return specialists Ted Ginn Jr. of the New Orleans Saints and free agent Jacoby Ford will face off. Also, Alvin Kamara running back of the Saints faces New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, both speedsters in their own right.
Another matchup pits a couple of track and field stars against each other. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin of the San Francisco 49ers and free agent wide receiver Kevin Snead were both football and track stars at the NCAA level, with Goodwin also competing in the 2012 Olympics games in London. And the final first round matchup of offensive players will have a face-off between wide receivers Jeff Badet of the Minnesota Vikings and Richie James of the 49ers.
The defensive first round matchups will be just as exciting as those on offense. All competitors in this bracket are cornerbacks. Donte Jackson of the Carolina Panthers will take on Trae Waynes of the Vikings. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Washington Redskins will race against free agent Rashard Robinson. And Terrell Sinkfield who has been on various NFL and CFL teams will take on John Franklin III of the Chicago Bears. And lastly, a pair of free agents in Charles James II and Jalen Myrick will go toe-to-toe.
Only one player will walk away from this event as the victor with the cash prize. However, the event may have future implications for some of the participants. As it can be seen, many of the competitors in the event are free agents. While they are most likely going to workouts with various teams, it would not hurt to showcase one’s speed against some of the fastest. And it may even catch the eye of a scout that is present, leading to a new opportunity. Also Goodwin is thought by many to be gunning for a spot in the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo. So this event could very well be prepping him for his Olympic return.
For fans that would like to watch inaugural the event, it can be ordered on pay-per-view for $39.95. And who knows, maybe “Ochocinco” will be entertaining enough to earn himself a role as a sideline reporter back in the NFL!