Tyreek Hill lived up to his nickname Saturday, displaying cheetah-like burst in winning the 60-meter dash, blazing a 6.70 at the USATF Indoor Masters in Louisville. Saturday marked Hill’s first competitive race in nine years following a decorated high-school track career, earning All-American honors as a champion sprinter in his native Georgia.
Lauded for his deep prowess as one of the league’s elite field-stretchers, Hill has long been a fixture atop Amazon’s Next Gen Stats, reaching a top ball-carrier speed of 21.95 mph in 2018. Hill will probably view his time, the 213th-fastest recorded this year and well-behind World No. 1 Trayvon Bromley (6.42), as a relative disappointment, though given his long hiatus, the Dolphins receiver should be thrilled with his performance. It also didn’t help that none of his competitors rose to the challenge, with the 29-year-old barely breaking a sweat en route to as lopsided a win as you’ll see in a 60-meter race (.57 seconds).
It’s not uncommon to see football players compete in high-level track events, with Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf recently trying his hand in the 100-meter dash, clocking a respectable 10.36 at last year’s USATF Golden Games in Los Angeles. Similarly, Metcalf’s Seahawks teammate Marquise Goodwin finished 10th at the 2012 London Olympics with a long jump of 7.8 meters (25 feet, seven inches).
Hill is coming off his best season, setting a Dolphins franchise record with 1,710 receiving yards, second-most behind only Offensive Player of the Year Justin Jefferson (1,809). It looks like Hill, the NFL’s highest-paid receiver at $30 million annually, will be sticking to football from now on, suggesting Saturday was his final race.
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