Break the 40-yard record, win an island.
Athletes at the National Football League NFL Scouting Combine will have the chance to become property owners if they can break an iconic record. Adidas is offering an island to any prospect if they’re able to break the combine’s 40-yard record while wearing the sportswear brand’s gear.
The NFL combine record for the 40-yard dash is 4.24, set in 2008 by Chris Johnson, who in the past has called out Olympic sprinter and world silver medallist Wallace Spearmon after Spearmon said “football speed isn’t really the same as track speed.”
The one catch: in order to be eligible for the prize, athletes must wear the “2017 adizero 5-Star 40 cleats and agree to endorse the company’s shoes for the entire 2017-18 season,” according to ESPN. The company can also pay the athlete US$1 million and notes that it’s not responsible for any accompanying taxes, among other terms and conditions.
— adidas Football US (@adidasFballUS) February 27, 2017
A quick search on privateislandsonline.com shows more than 90 available listings in Canada including the largest, New Brunswick’s Cheney Island, a 250-acre plot that is currently selling for US$755,617. The highest valued property one could purchase, according to the listings website, is Ontario’s Pointe Au Baril Island #C400 for exactly US$1 million. The cheapest option would be Hemlow Island in Nova Scotia, which retails for $29,500
In 2016, Adidas offered a similar prize though it was simply US$1 million had the record been broken. This year’s combine record will be challenged on Friday and Saturday, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, in Indianapolis. The event is a week-long showcase for athletes in an attempt to impress team personnel in hopes of landing a spot in the National Football League.
In case you’re wondering, it’s believed that Usain Bolt would clock in around 3.97 for the 40-yard. There are no starting blocks when running the 40-yard at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Based on Bolt's previous 100m times clocked at world championships, mathematicians estimate he would run 3.97 elec. #NFL style 40-yd. dash!
— Brian Billick (@CoachBillick) August 5, 2012
Canadian Football League player Tevaughn Campbell, who also competes for the Regina Cougars track and field team, holds the CFL combine electronic record of 4.36. (It’s noted as an electronic record as officials used hand timing prior to 2011.) Campbell won the men’s 60m at the 2017 Canada West Championships and is the reigning Canadian university champion in the 60m.