Tyreek Hill, a star receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, is one of the fastest athletes in the NFL. At the Pro Bowl last weekend in Las Vegas, Hill made the claim that he only ever lost a footrace once – to multi-Olympic medallist and 200m champion Andre De Grasse.
“I have lost in a race, probably when I was a senior in high school when I went to Catalonia, Spain and raced in the Junior Olympics,” Hill said. “I raced against this dude named De Grasse.”
Hill’s memory is pretty accurate – he did lose to De Grasse, but it wasn’t at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Spain (which he referred to as the Junior Olympics). It was at the 2013 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kan.
De Grasse represented Coffeyville Community College at the time, winning the 100m race with a time of 9.96 seconds. Hill settled for second with 9.98 seconds, competing for Garden City Community College.
The Kansas City Chiefs receiver is famous for blowing past opponents on the football field, racking up 8,742 all-purpose yards and 67 total touchdowns throughout his career, which has earned him the nickname “Cheetah.”
While Hill went on to play football after a stint at Oklahoma State University, De Grasse would continue his track career at the University of Southern California. De Grasse has since won six Olympic medals — four bronze, one silver and one gold, becoming the first Canadian sprinter to win three medals in a single Olympics.