The Fastest 40 Yard Dash Ever

What Research Found Out On This Very Important Topic
By: Chad Wilson   @Gridironstuds

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Football fans across America continue to obsess over the most simple drill in the game of football. Is there anything more discussed than the 40 yard dash? Every Spring, this drill takes center stage and undoubtedly the question is asked 1,o00’s of times. What’s the fastest 40 yard dash?

Just as sure as you get the question asked 1,000 times, you will get dozens of ridiculous answers. For starters, let’s find out why the 40 yard dash? When and why did 40 yards become so significant? It started in the 1960’s with the NFL team that had the most developed and comprehensive scouting department and that was the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to this time period, NFL coaches chose the 50 yard dash as the mark of measure to determine a player speed worthiness. In 1960, Gil Brandt, the director scouting for the Cowboys along with his department came up with the 40/20/10 measurement. The 40 was used for all players. The 20 yard split time of the 40 was of great significance for linemen since the thought was that they rarely run 40 yards in a game. The 10 yard split was important for wide receivers as a measure of their burst off of the line of scrimmage. With this, a drill was born and almost 50 years later, it has become the center piece of info on a prospective high school, college or professional football player.

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Top 40 Yard Dash Times at Sunday’s 2010 NFL Combine

As expected there were some blazing times at the NFL Combine on Sunday as the running backs and wide receivers took to the field for their drills.  Many anticipated the times of CJ Spillers, Jacoby Ford and LSU specialist Trindon Holliday and they did not disappoint.  Ford turned in the fastest official time at 4.28.  There were some reports that Ford clocked in the 4.18 range on some of the scouts clocks in attendance.  Trindon Holliday turned in the 2nd fastest official time at 4.34 and CJ Spiller clocked a 4.37 with an unofficial time of 4.28.

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