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Rajon Rondo Wants to Race Chris Johnson

Rajon Rondo (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

It seems that Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo wants to start a new tradition in December besides singing carols, roasting chestnuts, and playing Christmas Day games: challenging star athletes to 40-yard foot-races for cash. Last December, it was Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who set world record after world record at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. This December, Rondo’s target is Chris Johnson, running back for the Tennessee Titans, who ran for 128 yards against the New England Patriots in Tennessee’s 59-0 loss back in October.

The challenge went public on Monday, when Johnson used Twitter to reply to Rondo’s challenge.

“My bradda @lambo6 [Marquis Daniels] called me and said they point gaurd [sic] rondo want to race me for 2k that’s easy money set it up on espn.”

While Rondo, who is rumored to have run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, has yet to respond to Johnson, who ran a 4.24-40 in the 2008 NFL Combine (the fastest time of the year), the potential race has received plenty of coverage, including a short segment on ESPN’s “Jim Rome is Burning.”

However, no official plans – which would require deliberations to address questions such as “Does Rondo have to dribble a basketball, like he did here?” and “Are cops chasing Chris Johnson, like they did here?” – have been made.

If the race were ever to occur, it certainly would be an very interesting five seconds. If Rondo wins, he might actually follow through on his threat to race against Bolt in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. However, if Johnson wins, it might be the only time the Titans can say they beat a Boston-based anything.

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8 comments for “Rajon Rondo Wants to Race Chris Johnson”

  1. I hope this is just a joke. Wouldn’t it be just wonderful to have Rondo tear a hamstring or something similar and spend the next few months on the sidelines? For a $2000 bet? Give me a break. I’d hope that Celtic management or the NBA has the sense to step in and stop this foolishness.

    Posted by Ken | December 2, 2009, 9:39 pm
  2. i give you the best story and you take shots at my boys erikka…

    maybe you should mention your speed on the F1 race track

    Posted by Chris Johnson | December 3, 2009, 1:48 am
  3. Won’t even be close……Johnson by 5 yards. LOL

    Posted by Fans of both | December 4, 2009, 3:06 am
  4. Hardwood is a slower surface than grass…the grass feels lighter. That said, I feel Rondo would run a 4.35-4.5, but would easily beat Bullock, but lose to Chris Johnson in the foot race. However, I think Rondo would easily defeat Chris Johnson in a 1-on-1 match. I wonder how well Chris Johnson can cross people up in basketball, if he can shoot and defend. Basketball isn’t just pure speed, it’s more about the hand-eye combination and having a wide collection of skills. Just leave the respect to players of each sport. In fact, Antonio Gates and Justin Gage were basketball players, and they didn’t look that fast on the court. Ron Curry was a basketball player, and Rondo would school him easily. They were much faster on the football field.
    The 40-yard dash is a different discipline, and sometimes it’s just not that meaningful. It’s how well you play in your sport. I say they should get it over with as soon as possible, so people would stop talking about this. Both of them need to concentrate on their own sport. You know what would be a good skillls matchup, LeBron vs. Merriman. Or Adrian Peterson.

    Posted by Ryan | December 4, 2009, 5:28 pm
  5. I guess know one remembers CHRIS HUMES from Los Anegeles High who ran a 4.15 in the 40. Was recruited by USC first. Then after some academic challeneges USC went after Reggie Bush. Now that would be a race Chris vs Chris on Los Angeles High track…

    Posted by Lawrence Darnell | December 21, 2009, 5:56 am
  6. Rajon Rondo is a very goog point guard i watch all his game to see what i can improve on as an high school player

    Posted by Tee'Yonna Cooper | February 25, 2010, 10:30 am
  7. rondo is good and fast. he might just beat robinson. but before he tries bolt, let him test theo walcott

    Posted by Wisdom Bosun | July 12, 2011, 8:46 am
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