After being selected No. 9 overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. hasn’t exactly had the type of football career many expected. The 5-foot-11 speedster out of Ohio State hasn’t started in even half of the games he’s played in, and he’s already on his fifth NFL team. That doesn’t mean he’s not confident in his abilities, though.
Despite being 34 years old, Ginn, who now catches passes from quarterback Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints, is willing to bet a good chunk of change to prove he’s still the NFL’s fastest receiver. He went on Bleacher Report’s The Lefkoe Show to challenge anyone who doubts him, too.
The bet? Ginn will race you for $10,000.
This isn’t the first time Ginn has bet on his speed, either. In the interview, the Cleveland, Ohio native said he won money racing on his high school football field and collected $200 to $300.
But still? After playing for the Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals, and now the Saints in the NFC, Ginn doesn’t have a doubt he could win.
“I’m always down to do it,” Ginn said. “I’ve been running from light pole to light pole my whole life.”
During Ohio State’s Pro Day in 2007, Ginn ran a 4.37 40-yard-dash. More than respectable, for sure, but that would have been good enough for 10th at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Kansas State’s Yamon Figurs was the fastest player at the showcase with a blistering 4.30.
Ginn has been hit with the injury bug as of late, too. He caught 53 passes for 787 yards and four touchdowns last season, but spent time on injured reserve with a knee injury.
The former first-round pick should definitely race Saints running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas first. However, if they don’t accept the betting terms, there’s got to be someone out there that wants to challenge Ted Ginn Jr.
Update (May 20):
It didn’t take long for someone to accept Ted Ginn Jr.’s $10,000 race bet. In fact, it happened rather quickly. However, nobody would have thought the challenge would be accepted by someone nearly half of his age.
Matthew Boling, a high school sprinter who recently broke 10 seconds on his 100-meter dash and went viral again when he anchored his team’s 4×400 relay, is ready to take on the 34-year-old receiver in a “pole to pole” race.
This is certainly a bold move by the teenager from Houston Strake Jesuit High School. Then again, when you run like the wind, your confidence should be an at all-time high.
Needless to say, this absolutely needs to happen. Ted Ginn Jr. versus Matthew Boling would certainly be worth the price of admission.