Everyone approaches life after football differently.
At the age of 53, Willie Gault spends his time running masters-division track and calling out current NFL players to a sports gossip site.
In an interview TMZ Sports published Monday, Gault said there were only eight to 10 men in the NFL faster than him, listing running back Chris Johnson and kick returner Trindon Holliday as examples.
When asked about Jackson – who has shown to be seriously quick – Gault did not think the Redskins’ receiver could outrun him.
“Nah, not him,” Gault said. “I could get him.”
Here’s one flaw besides the obvious conceit that a 53-year old veteran of 11 NFL seasons with the Raiders and Bears is probably not faster than a 27-year old deep threat in his prime.
Gaults said he was slower than Johson, but Jackson is faster than Johnson, at least according to a three-man relay race on Shaq’s reality TV show.
To his credit, Gault does have some track and field bona fides. When he was 50, Gault set a masters age-group world record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.88 seconds. He was also a member the 1980 U.S. Olympic squad that boycotted the Moscow summer games. Gault would have competed on the 4 x 100-meter relay team and in the 110-meter hurdles. He even dabbled in bobsledding.
Good for Willie. I still don’t think he could track down Jackson. If this race ever happens, we should ask Darrell Green to compete, too.
If you’re a track nerd and would like to compare Gault’s prime sprint mechanics to Jackson’s, here’s a little video footage of each courtesy of the 1986 Superstars 100-meter final and Jackson’s Instagram account.
Thanks to Pro Football Talk for bringing this to our attention.
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