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    So I saw something on the forums about sprinters running the forty and how they would not be fast in it because they have top end speed. I Present you

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    Jacoby Ellsbury ran a 4.2 one time.

    I converted Justin Gatlin's time when he held the record, it was a 3.79 if he ran record 100m speed IIRC.

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    • #3
      Yeah man, these guys can run the forty faster than any football player. Do you have a video to that jacoby run?
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      • #4
        Obviously, a sprint is a sprint.. clearly the fastest sprinters in the world will run the fastest 40's

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        • #5
          Originally posted by sbh15 View Post
          Jacoby Ellsbury ran a 4.2 one time.

          I converted Justin Gatlin's time when he held the record, it was a 3.79 if he ran record 100m speed IIRC.
          Unless you had the splits, i don't think you can get the correct speed. You can't just get his 100 time, divide it by 100 and then multiply it by 40. They run most of the 100 meters at top speed.

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          • #6
            idk how a sub 4 sec 40 is possible especially electronically timed.

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            • #7
              The crazy thing is Dix looked really buff during the NCAA championships.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by OregonDucks View Post
                Yeah man, these guys can run the forty faster than any football player. Do you have a video to that jacoby run?
                Nah, they just said he did that on ESPN after he stole home.

                Probably made it up.

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                • #9
                  its because these guys know how to sprint and the technique. That's why you don't see a sprinter have any success in the NFL.

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                  • #10
                    they're built for sprinting. In football you basically need instincts.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by OregonDucks View Post
                      So I saw something on the forums about sprinters running the forty and how they would not be fast in it because they have top end speed. I Present you

                      Walter Dix http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_pUa1CRUUQ
                      Ummm, not to be a killjoy, but that time isn't 3.75. They are off by a half second, give or take a tenth. Just get out your own stop watch and do it yourself. I timed him at 4.3, and human error wouldn't account for over a half second difference. I'd say he ran a 4.2ish and that's assuming he actually ran a full 40 yards. Nobody runs 3.75, no one. Don't you think someone at some point in the long history of the NFL would have run a sub-4 40 if it's possible to go as low as 3.75? There have been Olympic sprinters in the NFL for christs sake.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by nfrillman View Post
                        Ummm, not to be a killjoy, but that time isn't 3.75. They are off by a half second, give or take a tenth. Just get out your own stop watch and do it yourself. I timed him at 4.3, and human error wouldn't account for over a half second difference. I'd say he ran a 4.2ish and that's assuming he actually ran a full 40 yards. Nobody runs 3.75, no one. Don't you think someone at some point in the long history of the NFL would have run a sub-4 40 if it were possible. There have been Olympic sprinters in the NFL for christs sake.
                        Dix is an Olympic sprinter but I do see your point. It seems like something like this is brought up every couple of weeks.

                        With perfect technique and an amazing start I can see getting close to mid 4.00s but anything under that is seems impossible.

                        For anyone thinking the can calculate a 100m, they pick the 40 becuase that is supposedly how long it takes you to get to full speed.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by nfrillman View Post
                          Ummm, not to be a killjoy, but that time isn't 3.75. They are off by a half second, give or take a tenth. Just get out your own stop watch and do it yourself. I timed him at 4.3, and human error wouldn't account for over a half second difference. I'd say he ran a 4.2ish and that's assuming he actually ran a full 40 yards. Nobody runs 3.75, no one. Don't you think someone at some point in the long history of the NFL would have run a sub-4 40 if it's possible to go as low as 3.75? There have been Olympic sprinters in the NFL for christs sake.
                          You make a great point. I timed it at around 4.28, i saw the caption and watched it and seemed legit so I jumped the gun and decided to post it. I feel like a douche now. I am gonna delete this all together.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bosanac01 View Post
                            idk how a sub 4 sec 40 is possible especially electronically timed.
                            It isn't.

                            When it comes to top end speed you can't compare Olympic sprinters to NFL players, but NFL players have elite acceleration over short distances. I think Chris Johnson could compete with any Olympic sprinter in a 20 yard dash.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bosanac01 View Post
                              idk how a sub 4 sec 40 is possible especially electronically timed.
                              Just went back and saw this thread... It is amazing to me how little some of these posters know yet they feel the need to give their expert opinions.

                              A sub 4.0 40 is impossible. Usain Bolt probably couldn't break 4.3. Carl Lewis was not known to have a great take-off and was speculated to run 4.5... 100 M runners earn their bread in the last 60m, not the first 40.

                              Somebody on here said they converted Justin Gatlin's 100m to a 40 and said it was 3.79...seriously? Conversions don't work. The slowest part of a race is the start. Even guys with rocket starts don't better 1.4... and 1.4 converted over 40 yards would be a 5.6... Whereas Chris Johnson could run a 1.4 10 en route to a 4.2 40...he would be covering the final 30 yards in 2.8 seconds... obviously a longer race where top-end speed plays a larger role would make a conversion way off.

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