Tyreek Hill races for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in a 2022 playoff game.
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Tyreek Hill's Speed Earned Him His "Cheetah" Nickname


Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill has made a living burning opposing NFL cornerbacks, utilizing his blazing fast speed in order to create separation from defenders and get in the end zone for touchdowns.

Arguably the fastest player in the league and appropriately nicknamed "Cheetah," Hill presents a matchup nightmare for virtually any member of a NFL secondary.

How Fast is Tyreek Hill?

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Tyreek Hill's speed is frequently a topic of discussion among Chiefs Nation, and according to Next Gen Stats, Hill's fastest run in his career came on a play where he didn't even have the ball.


In a game during the 2019 NFL season against the Minnesota Vikings, MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes handed the ball to running back Damien Williams, who broke free for a 91-yard touchdown run. The play in and of itself was spectacular, but when reviewing the replay, you can clearly see Hill's explosive pace as he escorts his running back past the pylons.

Next Gen Stats recorded that Hill's top speed on that play was 22.6 MPH, the fastest mark set in his career.

For reference, the viral play in which Seattle Seahawks wideout DK Metcalf chased down Arizona Cardinals cornerback Budda Baker during an interception return registered a top speed (from Metcalf) of 22.64 MPH.

Hill's speed was also pitted up against the quickest men in the world. NBC showed a comparison between his fastest speed and the participants in the 2016 Rio Olympics 200m final, and he certainly held his own against the likes of Usain Bolt. In fact, Hill might get his chance in real life. The two have talked about competing in a race with huge stakes. Bolt would put up one of his Olympic gold medals for Hill's Super Bowl ring. The two have yet to settle on a distance, but radio host Dan Patrick suggested a race of 70 meters when Bolt appeared on his show. Time will tell if the race comes to fruition.


The Super Bowl champ has also raced some of his teammates in the past, including fellow AFC speedster Mecole Hardman, whom he beat in a preseason training camp sprint off in 2020.


What is Tyreek Hill's 40-Yard Dash Time?

Tyreek Hill runs with the ball during the Bills-Chiefs NFL playoff game in 2022.

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The former fifth-round NFL Draft pick ran track and field in high school -- where he caught the eye of ESPN -- and college, in addition to his football career.

While the Pro Bowl wideout didn't participate in the 2016 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, he ran the 40-yard dash at West Alabama's Pro Day and recorded a blazing 4.29 mark. The NFL Combine record for the 40 is held by Cincinnati Bengals 2018 first-round pick, John Ross, who clocked in at 4.22 seconds.

Other players who have formerly laid claim to the title as fastest NFL player include former Las Vegas Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.27 seconds.

Hill, who is the first player drafted into the NFL out of West Alabama since the Cowboys drafted Ken Hutcherson in 1974, has had more than his fair share of explosive TDs against AFC foes.


In September 2018 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Hill broke free for a 57-yard reception, during which he was clocked at 21.95 MPH. That stood as a season record until it was broken by New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who broke the 22 MPH threshold on an 84-yard interception return against the Buffalo Bills.

Hill is just one offensive weapon for Andy Reid along with quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce. He also just happens to be one of the fastest men in the league.

Whether it's at wide receiver or as a ball carrier, Tyreek Hill has put everyone on notice. Hill's speed shines, especially in the postseason, and he's ready to make history each time he touches the ball.

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