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John Ross runs blistering 40-yard dash, breaks NFL Combine record

The 40-yard dash record went down at the National Football League's Scouting Combine on Saturday in Indianapolis.

John Ross

University of Washington wide receiver John Ross III broke the National Football League Scouting Combine’s 40-yard dash record but did not walk away with a private island.

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Prior to the combine, designed to allow players to showcase their skills to team personnel, Adidas announced that it would award a private island to a prospect if they could break the record from 2008. There were a number of conditions, one of which was that the prospect wear Adidas’ during the record run. Ross wore Nike and was signed to the brand shortly after the record-breaking run.

“I really can’t swim that well,” Ross said, according to Hypebeast. “And I don’t have a boat, so, you know, I had to run in Nikes.”



Ross ran 4.22 on Saturday at the combine, which is being held in Indianapolis. Running back Chris Johnson, who congratulated Ross on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, held the record since 2008 at 4.24. Ross, who was seen limping after his 40-yard sprint, is scheduled to have shoulder surgery later this month.

For comparison, the Canadian Football League electronic record for the 40-yard dash is 4.355. Based on Usain Bolt‘s 100m world record, it’s believed that Bolt could run the 40-yard in the vicinity of 3.97.