If there’s a more BS stat in college football than players’ 40 yard dash times, I’d sure like to know what it is.
At Southern Cal’s NFL Pro Day, RB Chauncey Washington was timed in 4.35 seconds on the 40 yard dash. As Adam Rose noted, if that time were accurate, “… Washington shouldn’t be entering the draft — he should be entering the Beijing Olympics.”
… According to research done three years ago by the San Diego Union Tribune, the fastest 40 time ever clocked on a track is 4.38 seconds — by somebody who was cheating:
[Ben Johnson] is believed to have run 40 yards faster than any human in history. Johnson is best known for injecting copious amounts of steroids and winning the 100 meters at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul in 9.79 seconds, only to have his gold medal and world record stripped after failing a post-race drug test.
Timing officials have since broken down that famed race into 10-meter increments, and Johnson was so preposterously fast that he went through 50 meters in 5.52 seconds and 60 meters in 6.37 — both under the current world records at those distances. He went through 40 yards that day in 4.38 seconds.
You wonder why people get sucked into this kind of nonsense. Well, maybe not, after you read this quote from Pete Carroll:
… When asked about what players can do to impress scouts, Pete Carroll said, “We hope they display that they can really compete.” But he added, “You can compete all you want. If your numbers aren’t right, it doesn’t matter!”
Carroll also pointed out that “there isn’t one thing, it’s a combination of things.” That was echoed by former Trojan assistant and current New Orleans Saints assistant Ed Orgeron.
(h/t The Wizard of Odds)