Most of this week’s NFL news has centered around the ongoing Aaron Hernandez murder investigation. However, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Robert Gill has found an unexpected (and thoroughly impressive) way of lightening the league’s mood.
As a 29-year-old rookie wide receiver, Gill is considered a long shot to make the Cardinals’ regular-season roster. Still, the 5-foot-10-inch flanker’s speed may earn him some consideration from teams desperate for a player who can stretch the field. In a new viral video on YouTube, Gill gets onto a treadmill and runs at a speed of 25 mph.
So, how does Gill’s 25-mph treadmill performance stack up against world-class competition? Usain Bolt, widely considered to be the fastest sprinter in history, has been clocked running at 27.78 mph, Runner’s World reported. Gill won’t be headed for the Olympics anytime soon, but his 25-mph performance would certainly place him among the NFL’s elite speedsters.
Danton Barto, who coached against Gill in the Intense Football League, can hardly believe the Texas State University product’s speed. “This guy is flying by our guys,” Barto, now a St. Louis Rams scout, told AZCardinals.com before the posting of the viral video. “The one thing you can’t teach is speed. And his speed was ... you don’t see too many guys in your life as fast as Robert is.”
Normally, the ability to run a 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds would all but guarantee a spot on an NFL roster. Unfortunately, the Cardinals possess one of the better receiving corps in the NFL. Gill will have to compete against talented commodities such as Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts to make the team.
Regardless of whether Gill takes the field on Sundays, the Cardinals receiver’s 25-mph treadmill performance is a sight to behold. Check out the viral video below.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...