Six NFL teams that could use Usain Bolt

Could Usain Bolt be the next Bob Hayes?

8/15/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Aug 11, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Usain Bolt (JAM) celebrates after winning the gold in the men's 4x100m relay final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew P. Scott-USA TODAY SportsAP sports writer Richard Rosenblatt is the latest to bring up the somewhat intriguing topic of Usain Bolt putting on pads and stepping on the gridiron for an NFL team.

Could it happen? Well, Bob Hays did it back in the '60s and '70s, and was a pretty successful wideout after winning Olympic gold in 1964.

Usain Bolt has an ego that has been typical of superstar wide receivers, but can he actually catch the ball? That's the real question. We know the speed is there, but if he can't catch the ball, it's a moot point.

Rosenblatt lists the Dolphins, Jets, Patriots, Raiders, Cowboys and Rams as the 6 teams that might benefit from having Usain Bolt as part of their WR corps.

For starters, let's just agree that the Patriots would never sign Bolt. Bill Belichick isn't a gimmick coach, and he wouldn't start with Bolt. After their experience with Chad Johnson, I don't think the Dolphins would be interested either. The Rams might be interested, but I'm not sure if they'd be willing to risk Sam Bradford's mental health by having him deal with an inexperienced egomaniac at WR.

The Jets, on the other hand, are exactly the kind of teams that might be interested. The Jets, as evidenced by their trade for Tim Tebow, have more interest in creating storylines than winning games. Tebow to Bolt might not be a great QB-WR tandem, but would it get headlines? Damn straight it would.

Add Jerry Jones and the Cowboys to that same category. He's desperate for attention, and Bolt would give him that. Also, the Cowboys were the team that had Hayes back in the day, so it would be a nice touch if they were to give Bolt a shot as well.

Last but not least, the Raiders actually might make the most sense. They have Carson Palmer, who has had to deal with Chad Johnson in the past, and they have a long history of obsessing over speed. Sure, Al Davis isn't there anymore, but that's a franchise with a legacy of speedsters. Bolt is exactly the kind of player they'd love.

I doubt it will ever actually happen, but it would be fun to see Bolt racing down the sidelines.
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8/22/12   |   Catch22

no hands he would be too scared to cross the middle, those safetys would see to that

8/22/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

The second he comes across the middle on a route he'd get lit up by a LB or FS and that would be the end of his football and track career. Oops that may be perceived as a threat/bounty...I might get suspended from FanIQ for the season blush

8/15/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

These questions are dumb. Bolt makes millions a year as is. Why would he risk that to be a camp sideshow in a sport his country doesn't care one iota about? Plus, he's already doing something similar in a few weeks-with Manchester United.