Ted Ginn Jr. has always been quick to brag about his speed.
Ginn, who claims to have run a 4.22 40-yard dash while at Ohio State — which would tie the official 2017 record from John Ross — said he has beaten some of the world’s fastest men, including multi-gold medalist Usain Bolt.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, Ginn said he beat the Jamaican speedster while he was a senior in high school.
“I ran against Usain Bolt — I got him when we was in the 12th grade,” Ginn Jr. told TMZ Sports. “All of the top guys that have won the Olympics between 2004 till now, I basically had a chance to race them guys in high school.”
Ginn also claimed to have beaten track legends Jason Richardson and Kerron Clement, adding that he “for sure” would have been an Olympic gold medalist if his football career hadn’t worked out so well.
There’s nothing wrong with a little braggadocio, especially considering the new Bears receiver has experienced success at pretty much every level of football. But to beat Bolt, the consensus fastest man in recorded history — well, that would be an incredible feat, to say the least.
Just a reminder that Bolt is an eight-time Olympic gold medalist and 11-time world champion in various events. He holds world records in the 100-, 200- and 4×100-meter relay. Bolt also ran a world-record 9.69 100-meter relay in the 2008 Summer Games before turning around a year leader and resetting the record at 9.58 seconds.
Something else that places Ginn’s claims into doubt — here’s Bolt, at 32 years old, tying Ross’ 4.22 40-yard dash record while wearing sweats:
So, yeah — if Ginn is telling the truth about beating Bolt, then he truly, truly missed his life’s calling.