Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world and one of the most decorated track and field athletes of all-time. But could Bolt have made it in the NFL?
Well, he had the opportunity to prove it but ultimately passed.
Bolt appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday and admitted he received offers from a handful of NFL teams. However, he explained his decision to never take the chance at playing in the NFL.
“I used to watch when I was younger, and the hits that the guys used to take, I know that it is not as bad now, but the hits that the guys would take kind of turned me off. … I’ve never really thought about going.”
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Bolt first burst onto the scene at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, winning three gold medals.
It was after those games that there was first talk about how Bolt’s speed could translate to the NFL, but he kept his focus on track and that proved to be the right decision. At the 2012 Games in London, Bolt added another three gold medals and he once again accomplished the feat at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Bolt may have never suited up in the NFL and fans may be left wondering “what could have been,” but at least we got to witness his athletic greatness on the track.
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