Could Sprinter Bolt Make It In NFL As A Wideout?

Now that Usain Bolt has conquered running in a circle — both individually and as part of a team — it’s time to expand his horizons. A McNugget’s sponsorship deal seems obvious, but maybe Bolt should also consider new career opportunities, too.

Usain Bolt, NFL

The DALLAS MORNING NEWS’ Tim MacMahon thinks that the world’s fastest man, at 21 years old and 6-5, sounds like an NFL wide receiver (try to overlook the fact that he weighs a buck-thirty). He calls Bolt a “taller, faster version of should-be Hall of Famer Bullet Bob Hayes“:

Safety Dowayne Davis, a native of Red Hills Kingston, Jamaica, who is fighting for one of the Cowboys’ roster spots, shook his head when imagining how tough it’d be to cover his countryman on vertical routes. …

“I don’t know if he can catch,” said Davis, who moved to New York when he was 10. “And you’ve got to be able to take a hit. I don’t know if [he can], being that tall and that lean. Football is a different sport.”

In theory, it might sound like a swell idea, but it only takes one of these to remind us that there’s a big difference between running towards something (the finish line), and running to avoid something (paralysis).

And Davis makes just that point:

“I would highly advise him to just keep doing what he’s doing and reap the benefits from the talent that he has … He doesn’t need to be a football player.”

Note to Mike Leach: Sorry, dude.