Football 40-yard times


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Re: Football 40-yard times

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 01, 2003 7:00 am

This is a favorite subject of mine. Being a fairly hard-core follower of Track and Field for the past 30 years, I get a kick out of hearing the average high school and college football fans talk about kids running 4.3 or better in the 40. For one thing, a true electronic timed 4.5, 0r even 4.7, is fast. Since this is not an officially run distance in T@F, there is no true basis for comparision. However a few other revelent observations:

Dion Sanders is said to have run a 4.26 at the combine in Indy, the fastest time ever recorded. I assume this was electronically timed.I also don't know when they started keeping track of such times.

Also, I was privledged to attend the 1983 NCAAs at Robertson Stadium in Houston. That year was the greatest collection of fast football players ever. In the 100 final, if my memory serves me correctly, were Darrell Green, Willie Gault, Phillip Epps, Sam Grady and maybe Ron Brown. Carl Lewis had already turned pro but was still attending school. Carl's training partner at the University of Houston, Stanley Floyd, won the race. Floyd was about 5' 6" and weighed 145 pounds. He later had a tryout with Montreal in the Cananadian Football League, where he supposedly ran a 3.91 40 yd. (I assume hand-timed). It made the U.S. papers the next day!

Floyd, and some of the football players/sprinters of that era (especially Sam Grady) consistantly would be ahead of Carl Lewis at the equivalent 40 yd. point of a 100 meter race, but Carl would always smoke them from 50 m. on, like they were standing still. Thus I also see little revelence between 40 yd. and 100 m. times.
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Re: Football 40-yard times

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 01, 2003 10:10 am

My last posting got me thinking I needed to do a little fact checking. Stanley Floyd won the NCAA 100 m. in 1982, not 1983, although he appears to still hold the 50 yd. world indoor mark of 5.22, which redeems me a little. I saw him run at U. of Houston around that time. He was also 1980 NCAA 100 m. champ at Auburn. Carl won in 1981. The 1983 NCAA winner against all the football players was Emmitt King of Alabama. I could not find the other places. I figure a 5.22 50 would translate into at least a 4.2 40, electronic timing, spikes and all.I think this is approaching a historic limit. Any comments?
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Re: Football 40-yard times

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 01, 2003 10:37 am

Willie Gault's name has appeared several times in this thread. In the "Where Are They Now" department, he's entered in the high hurdles and 100 at USA National Masters Championships which start here in Eugene on August 7th. Also entered in the meet are Willie Banks (TJ) and Sunder Nix (400), along with 1200 other athletes.
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Re: Football 40-yard times

Postby Twister » Fri Aug 01, 2003 11:19 am

Gault got 2nd in the 60m in the indoor Masters Nationals in Boston last March. Still can fly at over 40. What happened to Greg Foster? There is a Greg Foster from NJ that competes in the Masters Nationals but at 41yrs of age, this can't be the hurdle great can it? This guy from NJ is really good at the jumps and fairly fast.
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Re: Football 40-yard times

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 01, 2003 1:12 pm

No, different Greg Foster. "Gregory" Foster (as he likes to be called now) is a sports agent in St. Louis, until recently representing Gail Devers. At 44, still looks like he could run a fast hurdles, but doesn't compete in Masters that I'm aware of.
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Re: Football 40-yard times

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 01, 2003 1:36 pm

>Willie Gault's name has appeared several times in
>this thread. In the "Where Are They Now"
>department, he's entered in the high hurdles and
>100 at USA National Masters Championships which
>start here in Eugene on August 7th. Also entered
>in the meet are Willie Banks (TJ) and Sunder Nix
>(400), along with 1200 other athletes.>>

Not quite. Gault, Banks and Nix are entered along with 1200 wannabees.
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