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ricerunner32
RE: Soccer players would be the best distance runners, and NFL players would be the best sprinters

Not even close wrote:


Scorpion_runner wrote:


Not even close wrote:

I would say there is far more sprinting talent in Futbol than Football. There is perhaps 50 guys in football that can become good sprinters while there's around 500 futbol players that can become good sprinters. In futbol, you have a combination of guys that would be excellent short sprinters, long sprinters, 800 meter types, 1500 types, and 5000 types, while in football you have short sprinters, few long sprinters and thats it.

Don't mention NBA and speed. Tennis players are much quicker.


Bob Hayes is the only football player to win a 100m gold medal and a superbowl , and was the fastest man in the world
at one point. Technically, he was the first to go sub 10

Herschel Walker was a great sprinter at Georgia.

Willy Gault is the best master sprinter in the world, and was a great sprinter in college before playing for the chicago bears

A lot of football players run track in high school and college, and I think the fastest football players would smoke the fastest soccer players in sprinting. I would probably give soccer players a CHANCE at 400m, but 200m on down all football players.


Please. Walker is as fast as high school kids. All these guys are waay slower than a random futbol player like Gemili, who's run under 10.00 and under 20.00. Hayes is silly hand timed crap and much slower in the 200. Futbol players hands down. You're crazy to think otherwise.


There are a handful of guys in NCAA football every year that show how solid they can be as sprinters if the were to focus on that. The fastest 100s ever listed for soccer players have the top 15 rounded out in the 11s. Here is a link for just this year showing all NCAA football players that competed in track. Enjoy.

http://www.ustfccca.org/meets-results/outdoor-track-field-bests-by-collegiate-football-players

Also, here is an article Flotrack did on NFL players in Track:
http://www.ustfccca.org/meets-results/outdoor-track-field-bests-by-collegiate-football-players

You're being silly, All these guys would beat most soccer players 400m and under:

NFL Player Track Times

100m:

10.01 - Jacoby Ford (WR, Clemson - Oakland Raiders, 23 g)
10.06 - Bob Hayes (WR, Florida A&M - Dallas/San Fran, Hall of Fame)
10.06 - Ron Brown (WR, Arizona St - LA Rams/Raiders, 100 g)
10.07 - Alvis Whitted (WR, NC State - Jacksonville/Oakland, 122 g)
10.08 - Darrell Green (CB, Texas A&I - Washington Redskins, Hall of Fame)
10.09 - Sam Graddy (WR, Tennessee - Denver/LA Raiders, 43 g)
10.10 - Willie Gault (WR, Tennessee - Chicago/LA Raiders, 170 g)
10.11 - Mike Miller (WR, Tennessee - NY Giants/New Orleans, 16 g)
10.11 - Curtis Dickey (RB, Texas A&M - Balt/Ind/Clev, 85 g)
10.14 - James Trapp (CB, Clemson - Raiders/Balt/Jkv, 149 g)
hand timing:
10.0 - Cliff Branch (WR, Colorado - Oakland/LA Raiders, 4 Pro Bowls)
Other notables
10.01 - Jeff Demps (RB, Florida - New England Pats)
10.23 - Herschel Walker (RB, Georgia - 6 teams, 2 Pro Bowls)
10.26 - Deion Sanders (CB/WR, Florida St - 5 teams, Hall of Fame)
10.44 - Bo Jackson (RB, Auburn - LA Raiders, 1 Pro Bowl)
10.3h - O.J. Simpson (RB, USC – Buffalo/San Fran, Hall of Fame)

200m:

20.01 - Michael Bates (RB, Arizona - 5 teams, 5 Pro Bowls)
20.15 (A) - Mike Miller (WR, Tennessee - NY Giants/New Orleans, 16 g)
20.17 - James Trapp (CB, Clemson - Raiders/Balt/Jkv, 149 g)
20.19 - Phil Epps (WR, TCU - Green Bay/ NY Jets, 95 g)
20.23 - Michael Timpson (WR, Penn State - NE/Chi/Phi, 116 g)
20.27 - Danny Peebles (WR, NC State - Tampa Bay/Cleveland, 30 g)
20.28 - Tony Jones (WR, Texas - Houston/Atlanta, 43 g)
20.29 - Alvis Whitted (WR, NC State - Jacksonville/Oakland, 122 g)
20.30 - Sam Graddy (WR, Tennessee - Denver/LA Raiders, 43 g)
20.32 - Jerome Mathis (WR, Hampton - Houston Texans, 1 Pro Bowl)
Other notables
20.76 - Deion Sanders (CB/WR, Florida St - 5 teams, Hall of Fame)

400m:

44.94 - Rod Jones (CB, SMU - Tamba Bay/Cincinnati, 146 g)
44.98* - Larry Jones (DB, Truman St - Washington/San Fran, 51 g)
45.17 - Travis Hannah (WR, USC - Houston Oilers, 37 g)
45.38 - Patrick Johnson (WR, Oregon - Balt/Wash/Jkv/Edm, 70 g)
45.69 - Scott Turner (DB, Illinois - Wash/SD/Denver, 101 g)
45.73 - Robert Smith (RB, Ohio State - Minnesota Vikings, 2 Pro Bowls)
45.76 - Ed Hervey (WR, USC - Edmonton Eskimos, 2x CFL All-Star)
45.88 - Alvis Whitted (WR, NC State - Jacksonville/Oakland, 122 g)
45.91 - Johnny Thomas (DB, Baylor - Wash/SD/Clev/Phi, 94 g)
46.02 - Russell Carter (DB, SMU - NY Jets/LA Raiders, 64 g)
hand timing:
45.4 - Henry Carr (DB, Arizona St - NY Giants, 37 g)
45.5* - Karl Farmer (WR, Pittsburgh - Atlanta/Tampa Bay, 17 g)
45.9 - Darrell Green (CB, Texas A&I - Washington Redskins, Hall of Fame)
Other notables
46.6h - Ollie Matson (RB, San Francisco - 4 teams, Hall of Fame)

That being said, of the ball sports soccer plyers would probably adjust the best to distance training.

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