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Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson: Lefty’s Bonehead Of The Week

Apparently, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson believes he has what it takes to beat Olympic record-holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica in a race.

Say what? There is a fine line between confidence and insanity and Johnson has just sprinted accross that line. Bolt, ran the 100 meters in 9.63 seconds for the gold medal Sunday in this year’s summer games in London. Chris Johnson has stated there must be one condition: The distance must be a short one.

Chris Johnson’s own words when speaking to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, “I think I could still probably beat him in the 40.” Chris Johnson ran an extremely fast time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting combine, his time in 2008 was 4.24. While this was a very fast time it wasn’t the fastest ever for an NFL player, much less an Olympic track superstar such as Usain Bolt. Maybe Johnson should just focus on running the fastest time by an NFL player, that record would be held by none other than Bo Jackson who in 1986 ran the fastest 40-yard dash at an NFL combine, with a time of 4.12. There was question about the time; however, Bo would also run a 4.18 within the same week to support the legitimacy of the times.

Chris Johnson was 14th in the league last season in rushing yards and is coming off the worst season of his NFL career. Last season he set record lows in rushing yards, yards per carry, and touchdowns. He simply doesn’t look like the player he once was. The Titans are of course hoping his best days aren’t behind him but it seems as if Johnson hasn’t done all that much since the Titans paid him his 6-year $55.26 million dollar contract. Since he got paid his numbers have plummeted and the only thing Chris Johnson seems to be running is his mouth. Maybe he needs to focus on his NFL career, becoming an elite running back and not pipe dreams of track fantasies. Everyone is talking about Ray Rice, Matt Forte, and Arian Foster, not Chris Johnson.

Chris Johnson needs to focus on leading the NFL in rushing. Defeat Usain Bolt in a race? I think not. For that statement this week Chris Johnson has won a very special award. Congratulations Chris Johnson, you are Lefty’s “Bonehead of the week”

Lefty is a Featured NBA Writer of the Los Angeles Clippers for Rant Sports. Join me at Lefty’s Sports Debates