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RE: Soccer players would be the best distance runners, and NFL players would be the best sprinters
0/10, and that's including considering my setting-you-straight reply.
Have you ever seen the "football 4x1" relay race at a D1 track meet? They get smoked! Every. Time. Zero contest against pure sprinters. Not. Even. Close.
For football, players have to be fast--as in, "not slow"--and be able to take a hit. Multiple hits, actually. That bulk needed for protection is a curse on the track.
I'd be surprised if your average football 4x1 " team" could keep up with the best female 4x1 teams in college.
I'll wait patiently for your list of high-profile soccer players turned world beaters in distance running. Try to not come up with great runners who happen to have kicked a soccer ball once in their lives.
And before you slobber at the mouth as you type, "but Galen Rupp...", he wasn't a high-profile soccer player.
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