Before you go out and run your Super Bowl 5K on Super Sunday, you may be interested to know how you’d match up against the fastest players in Super Bowl 50.
Unfortunately, if you’re a Denver Bronco fan you may be disappointed to learn that the three fastest players in Sunday’s game play for the Carolina Panthers. While they may not all currently be able to run as fast as they did when they were rookies, their career bests in the 40-yard-dash are still impressive.
According to Rotoworld, Carolina’s wide receiver Tedd Ginn, Jr. is the fastest guy in the big game, running the 40 in 4.28 seconds. Close behind is defensive back Teddy Williams, who can bust out the 40 in 4.31. Starting defensive back Cortland Finnegan rounds out the top three with a time of 4.34.
On the other side of the ball, Broncos special teamer Kayvon Webster clocks Denver’s top time with a 4.37 dash. Tied with Webster is wide receiver Andre “Bubba” Caldwell. Tight end and former 49er Vernon Davis is a mere .01 behind with a top time of 4.38.
Both teams each have two players who can run the 40 in 4.39. Carolina wide receiver Kevin Norwood equals Denver wide receiver Cody Latimer. Panther running back Fozzy Whittaker is an even match for the Broncos corner back Taurean Nixon.
But you won’t see the fastest players currently in the league on Super Bowl Sunday. The top man in the NFL is Arizona’s Chris Johnson who ran a 4.24 back in 2008. The next fastest is Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin who clocked in at 4.27 in 2013. It’s no secret that Goodwin is fast. He was actually on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in the long jump and placed 10th.
According to ESPN, the fastest Super Bowl MVP in history is Tampa Bay defensive back Dexter Jackson. He played against the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl 37 and can run the 40 in 4.33. The next fastest is Pittsburgh wide receiver and 2009 MVP Santonio Holmes, who clocked in at 4.36 and the Giants 1991 MVP, running back Otis Anderson.
But all of the above players pale in comparison to all-time speedster Bo Jackson who could run the 40 in 4.12. To put Jackson’s time in perspective, the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, could run the 40-yard-dash in an estimated 3.97 seconds, only .15 seconds faster than Bo.
(Additional reporting and statistics provided by research assistant Isaac Kresge)