Have you been listening to ‘Anything Goes’? If so, you know the ‘Justin Combine’ has been in the works for some time now. If not, you have no idea what this is all about.
So let me get you up to speed. I host a lifestyle/pop culture podcast called ‘Anything Goes’ with my good friend and second-in-command for this very website, Salim Dib. On said podcast, we talked about 40-yard-dash times. I said I’m faster than Matt Ryan, who ran a 4.9 40-yard-dash at his NFL combine.
Salim denied these claims while I defended them. That’s pretty much par for the course every time I say I can do something athletic. I had never ran a 40-yard-dash before, though, so admittedly my claim was slightly unfounded. Still, I found it hard to imagine guys like Matt Ryan and Tom Brady (5.28 seconds) were faster than me. I stole a TON of bases in Little League Baseball. Not to brag or anything…
Months have gone by since the initial debate. Over the course of those months, my confidence dwindled a bit. I read several articles explaining how tough it is to run a sub 5.0 and I realized the burst off the line is probably the most important part (something you’ll notice in the video below).
Nevertheless, I went into the 2017 Justin Combine with confidence in my speed. While I still strongly believe we accidentally ran 45 yards and not 40, I’m not going to make excuses. I was slower than I anticipated. That’s on me for not training. When you’re an above-average athlete and you don’t train, you become a below-average athlete. That’s just science. I also should’ve practiced the burst off the line, which easily added .5 seconds onto my final time. There’s no denying my top speed, it’s just my acceleration that needs work. You can say the same thing about a lot of really nice cars out there.
Behold, the 2017 Justin (and partially Salim) Combine:
The 2018 Justin Combine will be different. Bank on it.