Last Updated on November 17, 2012 by Jimson Lee
Thanks to Adarian for sending me the link to the video.
Everyone talks about the fastest 40 yard dash time. The fastest 40 yard I recall was the “4.17” by Deion Sanders. If that is a hand time, that makes 4.2 (rounded up) or 4.44 FAT (by adding 0.24 from hand to FAT)
The direct link to YouTube is here.
Fastest 40 yard dash ever?
Fast forward 33 seconds into the video. And, of course, ignore the comments and responses from YouTube.
In this video, Reggie Bush records a 4.33 for the 40 Yard Dash (as marked by the black cones) running on a track surface, possibly with spikes. Some of the questionable times were on grass or astroturf.
What do you think contributed to his time? Raw speed and genetics? Do you really think he hired a personal coach to run a faster 40 yard dash?
This could be the fastest 40 yard dash ever recorded on camera. I’ll start digging. This could be fun.
UPDATE: Sorry, the video is no longer on YouTube.
If that is a 4.33, than with training he could go about 4.12.
Even someone with poor running skills would not take four steps in 5 yards.
He should take about 3, but becuase of his start, his first step is in place with no horizontal hip movement.
He is holding his head down and bending at the waist versus having a forward lean and staying low.
He sway side to side, his arm movement is poor. A lot of wasted energy. He also run flat footed and has very long ground contact times.
If he did run a legit 4.33 , I would find it hard that he would have ran a slow time at his pro day, you know how bad that would have looked for USC and for him, then is is all raw speed.
If he paid to be trained he should get a refund becuase the training he received had nothing to do with the time that he ran.
Jimson Lee says
I still think “Rocket” Raghib Ismail of Notre Dame was “one” of the fastest.
He ran 6.07 for 55 meters in Jan 1991, and Lee McRae (a true sprinter) of Pittsburgh holds the world record at 6.00 seconds set in 1986.
Rumour has his 40 yard times at 4.05, 4.16 and 4.24 (source: Google)
Of course, no videos or details are present!
Yea Rocket was fast, he went to Penn Relays and got blasted in the 100, but he still ran a nice 10.40.
Also don’t forget Ray Caruth the ex Buff and I think Carolina Panther WR,
there is a video of him running 4.29 at the CU Fieldhouse.
I race Ray in a 55 up at the Air Force Academy and no way was he capable of going 4.29.
I think that day I ran 6.31 for 55 and he ran 6.27, of course the race winner was Randall Evans, he ran 6.17 he is also the 1994 DII national Champion in the 100m.
I was never ever close to going 4.29 in a 40 yard dash.
Correction on Rae Carruth name spelling and 40 time.
“Carruth is a burner and has incredible quickness in the open field and off of the line. Few NFL defensive backs will be able to keep up with him. He has been clocked at 4.17 in the 40. He can accelerate faster then any college receiver in recent history.”
more on Rae Carruth from Dec 18, 1995
“Junior Rae Carruth, who became the fifth Colorado receiver to surpass 50 catches in a season (53) and the fourth to reach 1,000 receiving yards (1,008). With a 4.29-second 40-yard dash timing, Carruth is the Buffs’ fastest player.”
He went from 4.29 as a junior to 4.17 as a senior now that is amazing. This is his 55m time from the CU record book
6.29 Rae Carruth 1/28/95 Rocky Mountain Cup
It also shows a 6.20 55m time from 1993.
55m is about 60 yards, had to imagine him taking almost 2 second to go that addition 20 yards. Talking about slowing down.
The Jerk says
I’d like to see this competition take place…
Track spikes don’t really help the first 40 yd (36m) of a race. That part is known as the drive. The spikes are typically entering and leaving the track surface in the same up-down motion. The pulling part of a race when hamstrings and glutes become more useful and your body should be in a straight-up position (the last 50 m) is when the spikes are helping you by keeping your feet from slipping.
Hope for Homeowners says
I really like Reggie Bush he has had some exciting runs unfortunately he has been hit by the injury bug again. Did you see the butt kicking last night against Green Bay? Wow, that was incredible. Just wish Reggie was running the ball
Reggie’s speed was probably in top 10 % of pro’s. Darrell Green, the CB for washington redskins was purportedly the fastest at 40 yds with a 4.12.. However, I still think Bullet Bob Hayes from the Cowboys and world record holder was the fastest player ever… He ran a 9 flat 100 yd. dash and about a 10 flat hundred meters.. R. Bush ran a 10.4 in high school .. Hayes was so fast that football developed the zone coverage for him… Willie Gault from the Bears and Univ. of Tennesse was also a 10.15-10.2 100 meter runner.. But Bush probably had better elusiveness, though his durability is questionable now…
Jimson Lee says
@George – yes, Willie Gault still runs Masters Track, and is destroying records when he steps onto the track.
Its out there. says
The fastest 40 time I have known someone of running was Lee McRae from The University of Pittsburgh. 3.98. Im just saying!!! 60 meters in 5.99
TOM GREEN says
AT NC STATE RANDALL EVANS RAN 4.19