New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn is fast. So fast that he’s willing to bet $10,000 on himself in a sprint against all comers.
High school track sensation Matthew Boling thinks he can take Ginn down. Boling tweeted out an acceptance of Ginn’s $10,000 challenge Friday:
Ginn initially laid out the terms on Bleacher Report’s The Lefkoe Show:
Boling, who is committed to the University of Georgia, set the national and Texas state records for the 100-meter dash with a 10.13-second time earlier this month. He previously ran a 9.98-second time, though that was wind-aided.
Ginn was clocked at 4.28 seconds in the 40-yard dash coming into the NFL. There are 109.361 yards in 100 meters. If we assume Ginn carries the exact same rate of speed from his 40 (not a perfect assumption), he would run the 100 meters in approximately 11.7 seconds.
Boling could run that time backwards.
Of course, that’s a little unfair to Ginn. The high school track star was timed at 21.16 seconds in the 200 meters and 46.57 seconds in the 400 meters in high school. Those times are behind Boling’s paces, but those are strong enough times that Ginn could have at least made it a race…back in the peak of his athletic prime.
Ginn is now 34 years old and 15 years removed from running those times. He’s spent the bulk of that time getting hit consistently at the collegiate and professional football levels.
So, what we’re saying is this would be the easiest $10,000 Boling would ever make.
Ted Ginn Jr. may have spoken too, uh, fast.
The longtime speedy NFL wide receiver, now with the Saints, issued a challenge last week. On Bleacher Report’s “The Lefkoe Show,” he dared any challengers to meet him for a race, “pole to pole,” with $10,000 on the line.
The wrong runner accepted.
“Bet,” came the response from Matthew Boling, the viral Texas high school track star who recently set a national high school record with a 10.13-second 100-meter dash.
“White Lightning” is not afraid of Ginn, who ran a 4.37 40-yard dash before the 2007 draft, in which he drafted ninth overall by the Dolphins.
Ginn said he made these bets all the time in high school, collecting $200 or $300 from cocky opponents. But if this race comes to fruition, his bottom line may go in the red.
Back in late April, Boling set the high school record for fastest 100 meter sprint in all conditions.
We are awaiting Ginn’s response. This is a race that needs to happen.
Ted Ginn Jr. is known for his speed.
Always has been.
And at 34-years-old, the Saints receiver says he’s still got it.
Ginn, in a radio interview with Adam Lefkoe of Bleacher Report on Thursday, said he is the fastest player in the NFL.
How confident is he?
Ginn, entering his 13th season in the NFL, is willing to race any player in the NFL for $10,000.
Ginn, who played collegiately at Ohio State, ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in 2007 and was the ninth overall pick in the draft. He was also a standout athlete in track at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ginn is heading into his third season with the Saints. He has caught 70 passes for 996 yards and six touchdowns in his two seasons in New Orleans.
When the New Orleans Saints finally found their rhythm, they marched one step closer to the Super Bowl.
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Brees took the Saints on scoring drives of 92, 79 and 67 yards after falling behind 14-0. Lattimore clinched it when Nick Foles’ pass from the Saints 27 deflected off usually sure-handed receiver Alshon Jeffery with about two minutes remaining. A few dozen Saints players surged off the sideline toward the end zone in celebration, while Jeffery fell face-first…
Ted Ginn has made a long, productive NFL career out of being one of the fastest players in the game.
Ginn is so confident in his abilities, in fact, he told Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe that he was willing to race anybody pole to pole for “$10,000 or better.”
He never thought a high schooler who actually stands a chance would take him up on it.
Matthew Boling, a senior at Houston’s Strake Jesuit who has earned the nickname “White Lightning” as he breaks track and field records, responded to a Pro Football Talk tweet about Ginn’s wager with one word.
Boling is best known for breaking 10 seconds on the 100-meter dash with a wind-aided time and then breaking the official national high school record for the same race last week, but he’s more than just a short sprinter.
The day after breaking the official record, he anchored the 1600-meter dash. He started back by about 20 meters but still pulled out the victory.
But Ginn is no slouch either. He was a track phenom in high school, winning the national championship and two state titles on the 110-meter high hurdles, a third state title in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, and a state title in the 200-meter run, according to Ohio State.
In the Bleacher Report video, Ginn told Lefkoe he missed out on qualifying for the Olympics by one second — which he said was the only loss he took on the track.
A knee injury suffered in Week 4 put New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on Injured Reserved Week 7 through Week 15, before returning to action Dec. 23 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Through five games, Ginn caught 17 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 12 yards per catch. The Saints also used Ginn in the run game a few times, rushing for 26 yards on three attempts.
Ginn was a spark right out of the gates for the Saints, with his best game coming in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Quarterback Drew Brees targeted Ginn six times, with Ginn catching five of those for 68 yards and one touchdown. Ginn averaged 13.60 yards per reception and rushed once for five yards. Despite losing to the Buccaneers 48-40, Ginn’s strong performance gave the Saints offense another offensive weapon to use moving forward.“It was tough, not being out there to fight with your brothers,” Ginn said upon returning from IR. “I watched it. I enjoyed (seeing the team win), but I didn’t enjoy (not being able to contribute). It shows a lot about what this game means to me and my family, what brotherhood stands for. Just eager to get back and help my team.”