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Chris Johnson likes his chances of beating Usain Bolt

Titans running back Chris Johnson says he could beat Usain Bolt in the 40. (WADE PAYNE / AP)

“I feel like if I would have kept training for track I’d have a chance, but I play football and he runs track, so it’s totally different,” Johnson told the Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt. “I think I could still probably beat him in the 40. If I actually trained for the distance he trained for, I think I’d have a chance.”

Usain Bolt, blindingly fast in a 200 heat in which he wasn’t going full speed. (David J. Phillip / AP)

Johnson wasn’t dissing Bolt, just measuring his talents against him. “He is a great athlete,” Johnson said. “I think he’ll be the best track athlete ever to compete in the Olympics.”

Bolt vs. Johnson isn’t likely to happen, though. Bolt is more interested in the beautiful game — and Manchester United.

“People think I am joking, but if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, ‘Okay, let's do this. Come and have a trial,’ it would be impossible for me to say no,” Bolt said Monday. “I would not take up the challenge if I didn't think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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