Derek Carr’s eyes lit up when someone in the media throng Tuesday at the Oakland Raiders’ training facility asked what it would be like to throw to Olympic champion Usain Bolt.
“Oh, my goodness,” Carr said before the question was finished, chuckling. “I’d throw it really far. I’d have to throw it really far and really early.”
Usain, if you want to run a go-route, we’re all good with it.
NFL receivers usually are compared on their 40-yard times, but the Atlanta Falcons have thought a little about how receiver Julio Jones might stack up against Bolt. The Falcons say Jones’ top speed is 22.46 mph.
Bolt, who has swept the 100 and 200 in three straight Olympics, averaged 23.35 mph when he set the world 100 record (9.58 seconds) in 2009. This month in Rio de Janeiro, he ran 9.81 to win the 100, still ahead of Jones’ best pace.
Carr shook his head.
“That comparison to me, that’s ridiculous. That doesn’t even make sense. You can’t fathom it. You can’t really say, ‘Oh yeah, that makes sense.’ That doesn’t make sense. It just doesn’t make sense. I’ve seen Julio run on a field. To think that Usain Bolt can run a lot faster than him, blows my mind.
“So Usain, if you want to run a go-route, we’re all good with it.”