Chris Johnson added plenty to his resume yesterday, as he rushed 36 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and caught three passes for 20 yards, in a 17-13 win at Seattle.
The 24-year old out of East Carolina became the player with the most yards from scrimmage in a season with 2,509 (2,006 rushing, 503 receiving), eclipsing Marshall Faulk's mark of 2,429 set in 1999, and also became the sixth player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. He finished just two yards shy of Terrell Davis for the fourth best rushing season ever (and he had a 62-yard touchdown run negated by holding in the fourth quarter of yesterday's game).
But even after all that, Johnson wants another title — fastest man in the world.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Johnson's people are trying to schedule a race against Usain Bolt. The Jamaican sprinter is the world record holder in the 100 meters (9.58 seconds) and the 200 meters (19.19). He won gold medals in both events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and a third in the 4x100 meter relay.
Johnson's 4.24 40-yard dash time was the fastest ever clocked at the combine.
The race would raise money for charity, but the one hurdle (no pun intended) seems to be the length of the race. Johnson would like it to be 60 yards or less (his longest run from scrimmage was 91 yards this season), while Bolt wants it to be longer.
We'll keep you posted on these developments.
*Update: It appears the race is off, due to length requirements from each party. Said Johnson while cleaning out his locker on Monday: "We got word two days ago. He don't want to do it. He only wants to run the 100, he don't want to run the 50. He said the only way he'll do it is if he runs the 100."
Ricky Simms, Bolt's agent, also said the race was off.
"Usain doesn't follow the NFL too closely and is not really familiar with all of the players. He likes [international] football and cricket. But more importantly, he has a schedule and a coach to follow and there is no chance that we would set up this type of event."
Bummer. This would have been fun to see.