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.

So who had the fastest 40 yard dash ever? Research confirmed what I already knew and that there is no way to really tell. Here are some important things to know about the 40 yard dash:

Run your fastest 40 ever. Click on the pic.

– A hand time (use of a stop watch) will usually be faster than an electronic time

– There are two types of electronic times:

1. When a watch is started by a coach and an electronic beam records the time when it picks up the player crossing the end point

2. When an electronic beam picks up the movement of a player from the start and starts the clock. An electronic beam also detects the player at the end point and stops the clock. This time will be slower than version #1 and even slower than a hand time in which a coach starts his stop watch when he sees the player begin the run and then stops the watch when he sees the player cross the finish line.

– An accurtrack time will be the slowest of all. Accutrack is what is used at track meets. The clock in accu-track timing starts when the starter’s pistol is shot. The runner’s time for the event is recorded digitally when the technology detects the player crossing the finish line.

Studies have shown that that average reaction time by a human to a starter’s pistol is .25 seconds. For this reason, anyone who compares a 40 yard split time in a 100 meter event and compares it to reported hand timed 40 yard dash marks is making a big mistake. If you want compare the 40 yard split of a runner in a 100 meter event, subtract .25 seconds from the recorded time. So, Olympic runner Justin Gatlin’s 4.42 forty yard dash split recorded during his Gold Medal winning 9.85 100 meter run, would convert to a 4.17 forty yard dash by football standards.

After much research a few things have come up over and over and over. These things plus my own two eyes would lead me to believe that Darrell Green, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders were the fastest football players to ever play the game.

It has been said consistently that Darrell Green recorded a time of 4.09 at the Washington Redskins’ training camp in 1986. That’s a hard time to swallow but Green’s obvious speed has been put on display many times while he was in the NFL. Green ran down from significant distances two of the fastest running backs to play in the NFL (Tony Dorsett and Eric Dickerson). Green has said in interviews that the fastest time he has ever been aware of running is 4.15. To his credit, Green does have a verifiable and official time of 10.08 in the 100 meters while he was a college student at Texas A&I University. If anyone could run a sub 4.1 forty, it was Darrell Green.

Many sources report a 4.12 forty yard dash time for Bo Jackson and if you watched him turn the corner and run down the sidelines in 1987 versus the Seattle Seahawks, you would not doubt any time reported by this freak of nature. Repetition does not make it a fact but if enough sources have reported this time to make me believe it. Jackson has an official 10.39 time in the 100 meter dash in college.

Deion Sanders has the closest thing of the three as a verifiable 40 yard dash time. Sanders ran a 4.21 forty yard dash at the 1989 NFL combine and kept right on going through the finish line into the first round of that year’s NFL draft. Like Green and Jackson, anyone who watched Sanders play would have little trouble believing that Sanders pulled off this feat. Sanders recorded a 10.21 100 meter mark while at Florida St.

Of course there are scores of reported 40 yard dash times that have made the rounds on the Internet. Some are ridiculous like the 3.9’s attached to a couple of players and some 4 flats that were attached to some others.

Here are some of the problems with reported 40 yard dash times from team workouts. Some times you can’t be sure that the distance run was indeed 40 yards. There’s always the chance that the distance was not properly marked. When teams do individual private workouts for teams, often times the scout has not brought the necessary tool to mark off the distance. There’s also the chance that player’s will cheat the distance. I have first hand knowledge of a player starting in front of the starting point to run a forty, fully taking advantage of the fact that there was only one scout on hand and that he could not tell if the player was indeed starting at the correct mark. Another problem is the angle of the surface. There are plenty of practice fields across the country that have a slope. Coaches see great value in having their players run on a slight decline to record eye popping times. Savvy scouts will insist that players run up one way and then down the other. An average of the two times is taken to get the most accurate time. One other problem is that some players run the 40 yard dash with cleats on grass while other places have their players run on a synthetic track with spikes on. Guess who would record the fastest time.

In my personal experiences, I have seen some sub 4.3 forty yard dashes in my time. Kevin Williams of the University of Miami (1989-92) ran a 4.28 forty yard dash before my own eyes. Former Hurricanes Tremain Mack (4.25) and Al Shipman (4.27) ran sub 4.3 forties before my own eyes. Track star Henry Neal recorded a 4.20 forty yard dash before my own eyes in a workout for the Miami Dolphins in 1996. The Dolphins did not sign Neal since his football background was quite limited. I never watched him run an actual 40 yard dash but after having to cover him in training camp, I am inclined to believe every second of Joey Galloway’s reported 4.18 forty yard dash.

One player that is not on the list is Bob Hayes of the Dallas Cowboys. No doubt, Hayes was one of the fastest men, if not

Bullet Bob Hayes

Bullet Bob Hayes

the fastest man to put on an NFL uniform. However, as it relates to the 40 yard dash, I could find no time recorded for this Olympic Gold medalist. Hayes has the fastest 100 meter time for an NFL player at 10.05. Should current Florida Gator Jeffery Demps make it to the NFL for any significant amount of time, he will own the fastest time at 10.01. Demps ran this as a high schooler and owns the national prep record for the event.

The fastest recorded 40 yard split on record belongs to Olympian Maurice Greene. During his World Record 60 meter run of 6.33, a mark that still exists, Green crossed the 40 yard mark at 4.18. Remembering that .25 seconds must be subtracted from that time due to Accu-track timing and you come up with a 40 yard dash time of 3.93 seconds. What’s the problem with that time? It was run on an indoor track with spikes on giving the runner an advantage over the football players who have run on grass with cleats.

In an effort to centralize all the reported 40 yard dash times. I will start what we call the SUB 4.3 Club. I will attempt to keep a running record of the sub 4.3 forty yard dashes and their owners in this list. I will refrain from adding times of the ridiculous and will do some research on all times that qualify. I will say one thing, can you web surfers stop reporting that Deion Sanders ran a 4.57 forty yard dash backwards. That’s just flat out ridiculous.

Enjoy the following list of reported (and somewhat believable) 40 yard dashes run under 4.3 seconds. We will continue to add on to this list over time. Did I miss someone? Comment on this article and make your case. Please do not quote high school forty yard dash times. Nothing against them, let’s just stick to college and pro football right now.

Listings in bold are new ones added since last update.

The Official Unofficial Sub 4.3 Forty Yard Dash List at
1 Bo Jackson Auburn Tigers 4.12
2 Michael Bennett Minnesota Vikings 4.13
3 Alexander Wright Dallas Cowboys 4.14
4 Darrell Green Washington Redskins 4.15
5 Ahman Green Nebraska Cornhuskers 4.17
6 Joey Galloway Ohio St. Buckeyes 4.18
7 Terrell Sinkfield Northern Iowa 4.19
8 Henry Neal Blinn JC 4.2
9 Onterio McCalebb Auburn Tigers 4.21
10 Deion Sanders Florida St. Seminoles 4.21
11 Kevin Curtis Utah St. Aggies 4.21
12 Don Beebe Buffalo Bills 4.21
13 Donte Stallworth Tennessee Volunteers 4.22
14 Willie Parker North Carolina Tar Heels 4.23
15 Clayton Holmes Dallas Cowboys 4.23
16 Rondel Melendez Eastern Kentucky (1999) 4.24
17 Chris Johnson East Carolina Pirates 4.24
18 Taylor Mays USC 4.24
19 Marquis Goodwin Texas Longhorns 4.25
20 Tavon Austin West Virginia 4.25
21 Steve Williams California 4.25
22 Ike Taylor Pittsburgh Steelers 4.25
23 Randy Moss Marshall University 4.25
24 Michael Vick Virginia Tech Hokies 4.25
25 Jerome Mathis Hampton 4.25
26 Sam Shields University of Miami (Packers) 4.25
27 Dri Archer Kent St. 4.26
28 Devin Hester University of Miami 4.27
29 Darren McFadden Arkansas Razorbacks 4.27
30 James Jett West Virginia 4.27
31 Jacoby Ford Clemson Tigers 4.27
32 Trindon Holliday LSU 4.27
33 DeMarcus Van Dyke University of Miami 4.28
34 Kevin Williams University of Miami 4.28
35 Champ Bailey Georgia Bulldogs 4.28
36 CJ Spiller Clemson Tigers 4.28
37 Raghib Ismail Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4.28
38 Walter Sutton SW Minnesota St. 4.28
39 Rod Woodson Purdue Boilermakers 4.28
40 JJ Nelson UAB 4.28 added 2/24/15
41 Standord Routt University of Houston (2005) 4.29
42 Fabian Washington Nebraska Cornhuskers 4.29
43 Laveranues Coles Florida St. Seminoles 4.29
44 James Williams Fresno St. 4.29
45 Gaston Green UCLA 4.29
46 Johnny Knox Abiliene Christian (Chi. Bears) 4.29

Note Updated 2/24/15:  Similar to last year we have only one new entry from this year’s NFL draft.  After talk leading up to the combine of Miami’s Phillip Dorsett possibly breaking Chris Johnson’s record, only University of Birmingham Alabama’s JJ Nelson who was able to go under 4.3 seconds.  Nelson earned his way onto our esteemed sub 4.3 list with a mark of 4.28 unofficially (4.29 officially).  The next fastest mark at the 2015 combine came from Michigan St. cornerback Trae Waynes at 4.31.  Dorsett did put a blazing time at 4.33 but it is quite short of Chris Johnson’s standing combine official record mark of 4.24.  Stay tuned for some mutant clocking a ridiculous time at one of the upcoming Pro Days.

Note Updated 2/26/14:  While the 2013 combine added four new members to our list, 2014 was not as generous. Kent St.’s Dri Archer was the only member of this year’s combine to go sub 4.3 and thus get added to the list.  Archer listed at 5’7 3/4″ completed his dash in 18 steps which equals 6’5″ Calvin Johnson’s mark for the fewest amount of steps for the 40 yard dash at the combine.  That is truly amazing power in his strides. With Archer, the list now grows to 45 in total.

Note Updated 2/25/13: 2013 Combine has done well to add to our growing list. First Tavon Austin blazed up the Indy track with an effort-less 4.25.  Then Texas WR Marquis Goodwin refused to be outdone and posted up his own 4.25.  Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb made them both sit down with his hand timed 4.21.  Only Goodwin remained under 4.3 when the official times released as he ended up with 4.27.  McCalebb and Austin both ended up with 4.34 official 40 times.  I do count hand times for this list so all three make it.

Note Updated 3/05/13: Added Steve Williams from California who ran an unofficial 4.25 at the combine. Also added former Northern Iowa WR Terrell Sinkfield who ran a 4.19 at Minnesota U’s Pro Day on 3/04/13.  Here’s an article discussing Sinkfield’s run.

Note Updated 1/11/12: Three new additions to the list.  Clayton Holmes as prompted by a visitor named Kane who reminded me about the speedster front the Cowboys.  After some research I was satisfied that he did indeed run a 4.23 forty yard dash during him time with the Cowboys.  The other two additions came from an interview I happened to view from Tom Shaw who has trained some of the fastest men that have ever played and continue to play in the NFL.  Ike Taylor of the Steelers who Shaw says ran a 4.25 coming into the NFL.  Shaw also said Taylor once ran a 4.18 but I will stick with the 4.25 run before pro scouts.   Shaw also mentioned how Rod Woodson ran a 4.28 at the NFL combine.  I don’t know how that fact escaped me but it has escaped me no longer.  So three new additions.

Notes Updated 3/05/11: Two new additions to the list.  I added the 4.20 forty yard dash that I witnessed Henry Neal run at a Dolphin tryout in 1996.  I remember it well because I had to run my 40 after his.  My 4.44 clocking seemed pedestrian after Henry mowed the lawn for the scouts.  Neal was not a football player but a track star that was well put together.  He was 5’9″ 177  of all muscle.  Perhaps some Dolphin scout saw him on his travels and flew him in for the workout.

The other addition is Walter Sutton.  I was reminded of this by an ex-Miami teammate of mind named Kelvin Harris who resides from the Fort Myers area that Walter Sutton also came from.  Sutton was drafted in the 4th round in 1991 by the Atlanta Falcons.  Sutton unfortunately was not able to start his NFL career because he was prosecuted on a drug dealing charge.  Sutton attended SW Minnesota St. and the best way to get drafted that high out of a school that size is to have speed and Walter did clocking a 4.28 forty for the Falcons in a pre draft workout.

Notes Updated 3/02/11: DeMarcus Van Dyke is the latest addition to the list after clocking a 4.28 at the NFL combine.  That’s about as legit as it gets.  Van Dyke is the 4th Miami Hurricane to make the list.

Note Updated 1/11/12: Three new additions to the list.  Clayton Holmes as prompted by a visitor named Kane who reminded me about the speedster front the Cowboys.  After some research I was satisfied that he did indeed run a 4.23 forty yard dash during him time with the Cowboys.  The other two additions came from an interview I happened to view from Tom Shaw who has trained some of the fastest men that have ever played and continue to play in the NFL.  Ike Taylor of the Steelers who Shaw says ran a 4.25 coming into the NFL.  Shaw also said Taylor once ran a 4.18 but I will stick with the 4.25 run before pro scouts.   Shaw also mentioned how Rod Woodson ran a 4.28 at the NFL combine.  I don’t know how that fact escaped me but it has escaped me no longer.  So three new additions.

Notes Updated 1/24/11: Foolish me for not updating this sooner with Sam Shield’s 40 time since I witnessed it myself on his pro timing day last spring.  While I still had my mouth open from his 11’3″ broad jump where he seemingly got stuck in the air,  I watch Shields go out and chew up the first 40 yards like a 6 year old chews up a pack of bubbilicious.  He then smoothly coasted through the 2nd twenty and had scouts huddling up like they were calling a play on 4th and 1.   There were times all over the place ranging from 4.30 to 4.22 but the one most heard was 4.25 so that’s what I went with.  Johnny Knox is also deserving to be on this list. Knox, from the Bears, ran a 4.34 at the combine when he was coming out but he also ran on his pro timing day and there are may reports that put his time in the 4.26-4.29 range.  4.29 is what I have heard the most,  so that is what I went with.

Notes Updated: 3/04/10: USC’s Taylor Mays has been added to the list with his unofficial 4.24 at the NFL Combine.  Eventhough his official time was a 4.43,  I must include Mays’ time since several of the times on the list are hand times just like his.  Pretty amazing given Mays size (6’3″, 230 lbs.).  I may say that’s outside of Bo Jackson’s time,  Mays’ may be the most impressive when you take in the size factor.  Trindon Holliday has also been added for his unofficial 4.27 run at the combine on 3/01/10.

Notes Updated 3/01/10: Clemson’s Jacoby Ford and CJ Spiller were added to the list today.  Ford’s time at the Indianapolis NFL combine was a 4.27 unofficially and 4.28 officially.  CJ Spiller’s unofficial time was also a 4.28 but his official time ended up being a 4.37.  I am taking the 4.28 because there are many times on this list that are unofficial hand times.  Any way you look at it,  CJ Spiller can fly.

Notes Updated 1/04/09: Who knew this article would become so popular.  This has ended up being one of the most popular sports articles on the Internet since I wrote.  Just goes to show how much of a hot topic 40 yard dash times are.  I have received so many comments and emails about 40 yard dash times.  Please understand this 40 yard dash list is an “official” list meaning the times on it can be verified.  I am sure there have been some sub 4.3’s run out there but they have been done in a way that can not be verified.  There are a 100 stories about some boy name “D-Rock” who ran a 4.17 with some high tops on at lunch time on the grass field.  I can’t put those times on there.  There are even times that may be closer to official that I won’t even include.  For instance,  anyone who has seen C.J. Spiller or Jacoby Ford from Clemson or Trindon Holliday from LSU run could guess that these guys probably run sub 4.3 forty’s.  I am sure they have probably run them for some coach or strength and conditioning guy.  In fact,  Ford is said to have run a 4.26 at Clemson.  Holliday’s high school coach claims he ran a 4.27 but I am suspicious of high school forty yard dash times.  I need to tell you that up front.  Spiller has an alleged low time of 4.28.  However,  he also has a high time of 4.47.  On situations like that,  I will just wait to see what they run at the combine or in their private NFL workouts.  Sometimes,  they don’t hit the times you expect them to hit.

NOTE: Some of the times listed above may have been run on a track with spikes on. In cases where I know that to be true, those players are excluded from this list. Football is not played on a synthetic rubber surface with track spikes on. DeAngelo Hall’s reported 4.15 on Virginia Tech’s indoor track when he was a junior in college would be an example of that.

Is there someone missing from the list? Comment on this article with name and the time. I will check it out and add it if research dictates that it should be there. Comment on this article.

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  1. #1 by Ro Jones on March 10, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    …Tom Brady I ment!-Oops. These cell phone keys are just too small too type on, LOL! *Tom Brady deserves so much more credit/respect, but I know for a fact be doesn’t care what other people think~ which is what makes him a winner on and off the fieild, and a truly happy Person. And as great as stats are- its the RINGS that truly count. Brady will EARN at least two more! SO, GO PATS :) …(America’s Team!)

  2. #2 by Mike Barry on March 12, 2011 - 1:46 am

    So Tony Dorsett is not blazing speed? You got to be kidding.He has plenty of proof of 4.3 speed just ask him.I watched the films and he made everyone around him look slow.

  3. #3 by Stewart Blue on April 13, 2011 - 6:41 am

    In response to: “The fastest recorded 40 yard split on record belongs to Olympian Maurice Greene. During his World Record 60 meter run of 6.33, a mark that still exists, Green crossed the 40 yard mark at 4.18. Remembering that .25
    seconds must be subtracted from that time due to Accu-track timing and you come up with a 40 yard dash time of 3.93 seconds. What’s the problem with that time? It was run on an indoor track with spikes on giving the runner an advantage over the football players who have run on grass with cleats.”

    OTHER PROBLEMS: First, the conversion is .24 seconds but subtracting that conversion would have no bearing here. If Green’s 40 yd. 4.18 was timed with a fully-automatic system set at 40 yards, then it IS a legit 4.18. The question would be, who would have set up a FAT (fully automatic timing) system at 40 yards? If it was a hand time 4.18, then you would round that time to the slowest 10th (to 4.2) and THEN ADD .24 seconds to arrive at a 4.44 conversion from hand to FAT. There are never hundreths of a second used in hand timing because one can NEVER press the start-stop buttons in the same identical time-frame under perfectly equal circumstances. The .24 conversion is used to off-set human reaction times in starting and stopping the hand-held watch vs. an electronic signal starting a FAT system and stopping when precisely ON the finish line, which will be slower and ACCURATE.

  4. #4 by Stewart Blue on April 13, 2011 - 6:51 am

    Forgot to add, who would set up a FAT system at the 40 interval of a 60 dash at a normal track meet?

  5. #5 by Chad Wilson on April 15, 2011 - 1:06 am

    Well that’s where the problem lies with your comment and observation. A FAT system was not set up at the 40 yard mark but rather, Green’s 40 yard time split was taken from video at a time after the completion of the race. More than likely, the distance was determined and video analyzed to get the split using a stopwatch. That would eliminate the FAT system and thus the .24 conversion instituted.

  6. #6 by Harrison on April 21, 2011 - 7:22 pm

    Bo ran a 4.12 and he was SIX ONE 235

  7. #7 by chris estep on May 15, 2011 - 9:49 pm

    @Chad Wilson when in high school know it cant be confirmed but i hav no reason to lie i consistently ran a 4 flat 40 an my friend ran a 3.9 40 consistenly he was 5 foot 5 125 pounds im 6 foot 160 but was ran in sneckers on the track

  8. #8 by Chad Wilson on May 18, 2011 - 8:49 pm

    @chris estep,

    Wow! Imagine if you had a reason to lie!

  9. #9 by Sydmey Russel on June 11, 2011 - 11:04 pm

    @Mike Barry
    If you ask any NFL player what their 40 time was, you can safely bet the time will be inflated. There are plenty of RB’s in the NFL that were faster than Dorsett that aren’t even mentioned much; Curtis Dickey, OJ Simpson, Napoleon Kaufman, and Eric Dickerson. How many of them come up in a discussion of the NFL’s fastest? 1 maybe 2? I guess its a matter of what an individual considers blazing. If you consider Dorsett blazing, what would you call the top 10 on Chad’s list? Super blazing, double blazing, really really blazing? The guys at the top of this list have blazing speed. Unfortunately for you Dorsett fans, he’s not on this list.

  10. #10 by Scott Mitchell on August 6, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    Kevin Curtis came out of Utah State, not Utah. He was an Aggie, not a Ute.

  11. #11 by TStone on August 10, 2011 - 10:46 pm

    Damiere Byrd is a freshman WR at South Carolina. He recorded a 4.26 at the Nike combine in Philly last year.

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  13. #13 by Mike on November 21, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    James Jet ran a 4.19, he also outran Carl Lewis before

  14. #14 by CEW on November 23, 2011 - 8:58 am


    I don’t remember James Jett’s 4.19 but having had to cover him in a game in 1993, I can fully believe it. If you can direct me to some documentation online of that time, I will change his time on the list.


  15. #15 by Shahn on December 6, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    Good Article, but one thing we are not taking into account. The track runners are running off of a gun and the 40 yard times from football players are ran at their own leisure. By going off of a gun the time will be a little bit slower than if ran as a traditional 40 yard dash. I say decrease the track runners time by .2 seconds to account for the gun/human reaction time for take off.

  16. #16 by Kane on December 25, 2011 - 7:05 am

    What about Clayton Holmes? I had the chance to play against him-in a poker tournament-and we had a chance to chat, I found him a humbled and sweet man. I had asked him if Deion was as “crazy fast” as he seemed, he answered yes almost apologetically, he had an endearing kindness about him. I liken myself a knowledgable sports fan but my knowledge of Clayton came after this encounter, I knew many of the cowboys from their golden era but was never a fan, at all. So I did my homework, I felt pretty dumb when I read Jeff Pearlman’s “From a Benz to a Bike,” a seemingly cliche story-bottom, top, bottom, trial to redemption-but no less sad or amazing (btw great article, props to Jeff). How did I have no recollection of him?! Regardless, I now knew why the heavyhearted man answered in such a fashion, he’s probably thinking if only things went differently this boy would be asking, “so Holmes, who’s faster you or Neon?”

    “4.23” is mentioned in the article along with reference to “Carl Lewis-esque athleticism.” Please Chad help me get Clayton on here if possible. I need redemption for my, “I will trade you a ring for my chip stack,” see article for realization of stupidity.

  17. #17 by DNice on December 28, 2011 - 10:21 am

    For me Darrel Green is the top speedster, especially, after watching him run down opponents on the gridiron. What good is a list gridiron speedsters without these names of Willie Gault, Herschel Walker, and Rod Woodson, just a few other speedsters who still showcase their athletic ability and skill (see Wikipedia for each)!

  18. #18 by CEW on December 29, 2011 - 1:40 am

    @Kane Kane I certainly remember Clayton Holmes and your argument for him holds some merit. I am going to research this and make a determination. Stay tuned.

  19. #19 by CEW on December 29, 2011 - 1:42 am

    @DNice No official 40 yard dash times for Herschel Walker or Rod Woodson. I don’t think Woodson was a sub 4.3 guy. Willie Gault strangely enough may make this list by running a 4.27 two years ago at age 48. Stay tuned.

  20. #20 by Kane on December 29, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    Thanks Chad, the effort is appreciated!

  21. #21 by Brian Stamper on January 3, 2012 - 8:39 pm

    Chris Johnson is the fastest man to ever run at the NFL combine. Thats all that needs to be said. Dominic-Rogers Cromartie ran 4.28 the same year. Deion Sanders ran 4.27 at the combine and 10.18 at the Olympic trials in the first round, but had to report to the New York Yankees camp the next day. The only 40 yard dashes the should count, need to be timed at the NFL combine. There are only 7 times in the 4.2 range in the history of the combine. Bo did not run there.

  22. #22 by Mark Stahnke on January 10, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    During the highest scoring Monday Night Football game, the commentors mentioned that Phillip Epps was the 5th fastest person in the history of mankind. If this wasn’t true, why would they mention it? I know he was fast, but I don’t know how fast. But I thought his name would be at number 5.

  23. #23 by Jeff Gower on January 21, 2012 - 11:57 am

    You missed Kirk Gibson, the Michigan State WR that went into a career in baseball and ran a 4.20 for NFL scouts.


  24. #24 by mike on January 22, 2012 - 8:12 pm

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  25. #25 by phorts on January 29, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    Are these sub 4.3 times AFTER the subtraction of .25?

  26. #26 by Scott Gorman on February 1, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    Wasn’t much of a football player, but what about Renaldo Nehamiah?
    Or James Lofton who ran a 20.07 200 meters in college?

  27. #27 by Adam C on February 7, 2012 - 11:13 pm

    I’ve known Randy Moss my whole life & at FSU he ran a 4.19 before he was dismissed from the team. It’s been well documented & should be added and updated to this list.

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  29. #29 by markus on February 12, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    Jeff Demps UF has to be on that list. A reported low of 4.18 but prob in the slightly under 4.3 all day long…also has anybody ever timed the second 40 on the 100 with a guy like carl lewis or Usain Bolt I would imagine that would be sub 4 as they stretched it out..

  30. #30 by Chad Wilson on February 19, 2012 - 11:20 am

    Perhaps Jeff can run a 4.18 or a sub 4.3 forty yard dash but he has not done it yet in a way that it can be documented for me to add him to this list. I guess the NFL combine or his personal workout will answer this question for us. I will wait until then. I am guessing that he won’t go under 4.3 at the combine.

  31. #31 by Joseph Taylor on February 24, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    Nole Devine WVU they say 4.34 so if u take the .25 from that he’s around 4.10! He might have ran
    it faster! Thanks for ur time

  32. #32 by Cody Stovall on February 26, 2012 - 12:30 pm

    You need to look at Anthony Armstrong, WR for Washington Redskins
    former college teammate at West Texas A&M, has gone under 4.30sec multiple times
    Including pro day clocked at 4.28 by Atlanta Falcons Scout, anyone in Redskins organization
    will confirm the sub 4.3 speed and agree one of fastest players currently in NFL

  33. #33 by Bruce Johnson on February 27, 2012 - 12:59 am

    Take a look a Rico Smith from Colorado Buffalos in the early 90’s who ran multiple 40’s at 4.28, especially during pro workouts. Played for Cleveland and NY Jets in the 90’s. Ran 4.28 at NFL combine with article to prove.

  34. #34 by Dusty Bell on March 12, 2012 - 9:25 am

    What about Danny Woodhead? If I remember right, he posted a time faster than Darren McFadden or close to.

  35. #35 by CEW on March 12, 2012 - 9:39 am


    Woodhead ran fast but not a sub 4.3. According to reports he ran in the range of 4.33 – 4.38 at his pro day when he came out. He also added a 38.5 inch vertical jump and 4.03 shuttle. Impressive.

  36. #36 by menotyou on March 15, 2012 - 6:42 pm

    not on the list but in the Hall Of Fame no need for numbers other than the one used to count the rings on his fingers@Sydmey Russel

  37. #37 by No-Town Kid on March 18, 2012 - 4:11 am

    You gotta check out this kid from Sierra Junior College named Courtney Gardner who officially ran a 4.37 but I’ve heard from players on the team that he’s run sub 4.3’s. Either way pretty impressive since he’s 6’5″ 225lbs. I think he’s committed to Oklahoma and should put up some freak numbers in that offense with his size and speed.

  38. #38 by clayton on March 19, 2012 - 3:39 pm

    Obvious oversights = Irving Fryar and Cliff Branch, both documented sub 4.30….

  39. #39 by james sims on March 20, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    Are yall hatin on Hershel Walker 4.22 40 I timed him myself.

  40. #40 by Chad Wilson on March 27, 2012 - 8:39 am

    Show me the Car Fax on Branch and Irving Fryar. Never heard of either running under 4.3 in a 40 (yes I know they were both fast) but if you can show me documentation, I’ll add them to the list.

  41. #41 by Chad Wilson on March 27, 2012 - 8:39 am

    show me the Car Fax !

  42. #42 by dgates2 on March 30, 2012 - 10:43 am

    What did Willie Gault/Hershel Walker/Renaldo Nehemia run?

  43. #43 by Sean on April 6, 2012 - 4:55 pm

    Here’s Bo saying he ran a 4.13 electronic this week.

  44. #44 by Lorenzo on April 21, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    Hey chad, love the article and your attention to detail. Not trying to undercut your research, but wasnt Mo Greene’s record setting time in the 60m 6.39? You said it was 6.33. I might be mistaken but i figured that would be a factor you would be interested in, let me know!

  45. #45 by Bob on April 26, 2012 - 10:52 am

    I think the fastest man to ever play in the NFL was Henry Carr a defensive back with the Giants. If you have ever seen him run down some of the fastest receivers of the time from behind, you would understand. He doesn’t merely outrun them, he just overtakes in a blur, as if these speedsters were jogging. His other skills may not have been impeccable, but I don’t think even Bob Hayes would have stayed with him at top speed.

  46. #46 by Jordan Thompson on April 26, 2012 - 11:07 pm

    Kevin Curtis isn’t a Ute he is an Aggie from Utah State

  47. #47 by markman on May 7, 2012 - 12:28 am

    @Stewart Blue
    Shut up you don’t know what you are talking about.

  48. #48 by markman on May 7, 2012 - 12:30 am

    Maurice Greene has the fastest 40yd at 3.92 when he ran that 60m

  49. #49 by Doug Fresh on May 15, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    Some on that list I know for a fact are misguided. You have some unofficial times for instance, Like Taylor Mays who, on that 4.24 run, was officially credited with a 4.4 flat. Darren Mcfadden ran an official 4.32, hester mid 4.4’s, and Vick is usually labeled in the 4.32 to 4.37 range. Some of these are on,C’mon man!Trindon holliday did not crack 4.3 at the combine, and I simply can’t come to terms with Ahman Green at 4.17, I never saw that. Article was great, however, and I really appreciate the breakdown of the clocking systems. Thanks.

  50. #50 by Gary Maclin on May 21, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    I believe I remember reading a newspaper story years ago, late 1970s or early 1980s, about Texas A&M and Baltimore Colts running back Curtis Dickey clocking a 4.26. You might recall that Dickey made the 1980 U.S. Olympic team as a sprinter but President Carter boycotted the Olympics to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Don’t recall if Dickey’s time was clocked as a college player or a pro. But he could fly!

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