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    Who were the greatest sprinters and weight athletes to try their luck at professional football and fail? What schools did they attend?

  • #2
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    Jim Hines was a bust with the Dolphins. So was Nehemiah with the 49'ers. Not that competed in track but Lou Ferrigno tried out for the Toronto Argonaughts and was cut........

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    • #3
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      I think it was said of Frank Budd that he had "9 flat speed and 12 flat hands."

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      • #4
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        No, that was Jimmy "Oops" Hines.

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        • #5
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          Nehemiah a bust? I don't think so. Relative to a WR-setting track career perhaps, but he lasted 5 years in the NFL (a league where average length of career is now 3.3) and won a Super Bowl ring. Caught 4 TD passes from Joe Montana, which is at least 6 more than you and I caught together :-)

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          • #6
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            Vince Matthews tried out for pro football, didn't go well.

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            • #7
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              Could the perception that Nehemiah was a FB bust be because so many of us had come to expect perfection. Personally, I have never seen a more fluid and impressive athlete. Somehow, as disappointed as I was that he was leaving t&f, I ignorantly expected Skeets to dominate football, even without an extensive background.

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              • #8
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                let's turn it around... who is the greatest doubler in football and track ?

                if a 10 is Jesse Owens in Track for example, and Johnny Unitas in Football for example, who comes closest to 20 combined ? ( and those two would be a 10=0+10 and a 0+10=10 )since Jesse never played football ( except maybe HS ) and am quite sure Johnny never did T&F.)

                couple of quickies w/o even thinking:

                OJ
                Mike Carter
                Hugh McElhenney
                Ollie Matson
                Earl McCullouch
                etc.
                etc.

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                • #9
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                  Clearly Bob Hayes. Greatest sprinter ever and changed the whole nature of the game of football.

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                  • #10
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                    Reggie Torian was the saddest example that not every great sprinter can play football. It destroyed his career.
                    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                    by Thomas Henry Huxley

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                    • #11
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                      HJSteve,

                      I'll give my pat answer that I think many overlook on this topic: Rod Woodson. One of the best DB's/kick returners, and finalist in '84 OT high hurdles. Michael Carter would definitely have to be considered. Both would score high using your scale.

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                      • #12
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                        good comments, plus being a Hoosier I like Woodson. And Garry, perhaps you are giving Hayes too high a grade in the football part ?

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                        • #13
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                          Jon OGDEN ,FOOTBALL all-pro was NCAA shot champ indoors at UCLA Sunburned Satch

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                          • #14
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                            Alot was expected of Nehemiah, so that's why I considered him a bust. He had about an average career and won the big one. These days it's harder then ever for a pure sprinter to make the league as every team is now full of collegiate level sprinters in the speed positions. Back in the 60's the fast athelete was more of a novelty this is probably why the Cowboys started their winning tradition as they realized the fast player was an under utilitzed weapon.

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                            • #15
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                              >good comments, plus being a Hoosier I like Woodson. And Garry, perhaps you are
                              >giving Hayes too high a grade in the football part ?>>

                              I googled a combination of "Bob Hayes" and "changed the game of football" and got no fewer than 494 citations.

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