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Who's the NFL's fastest man? Chad OchoCinco wants to find out — and the winner gets $1M

Barry Jackson, Miami Herald on

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Who's the NFL's fastest man?

It might be difficult to make a definitive judgment on that, but an earnest attempt will be made at 7 p.m. June 29 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., when 28 NFL players race to earn that distinction in the inaugural 40 Yards of Gold, a competition matching players in the 40-yard dash.

It's a winner-take-all event, with the fastest man earning the $1.1 million prize. None of the other competitors are paid anything, according to organizers.

Former NFL receiver Chad OchoCinco, who is hosting the event, said the competition feeds the public's interest in speed.

"It's different; I don't think anything like this has ever been done before," OchoCinco said. "I think it would be exciting."

But isn't this the time of year when many NFL players are on vacation?

 

"This isn't the time to be taking a vacation," he said. "Everyone is in shape; minicamp is over. This is the chance to earn a nice chunk of change."

Linebacker Jerome Baker is the only Dolphins player participating, and he's among 12 "reserves" in the competition who will be racing against each other in a closed event on June 27 to determine seeding if any of them are needed in the public race on June 29.

These races already have been set for the June 29 event:

-- Ted Ginn Jr. vs. Jacoby Ford

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