May 21, 2019
This black NFL player:
Will be racing against this young white man:
Matthew “White Lightning” Boling may soon bag $10,000.
Ted Ginn is one of the fastest players in the game of football. He’s so fast that, even at 34 years old, he told Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe he’d happily race anyone, pole to pole, for “$10,000 or better.”
It seems Ginn may have found a challenger willing to take him on: Texas high school track sensation Matthew Boling, who has recently become a viral hit for the incredible speed he routinely puts on display.
Boling responded to a ProFootballTalk story talking about Ginn’s challenge with a one-word response on Friday:
— Matthew Boling (@matthew_boling1) May 17, 2019
Ted Ginn is pretty confident about his skills.
He said that he missed qualifying for the Olympics by one second (11:40 mark in the above video), and that that was his only track loss.
Wikipedia on Ted Ginn’s track ability:
In addition to football, Ginn was a standout track athlete for the Glenville track team. As a junior, he became the national champion in the 110 meter hurdles and recorded the best time in the nation as a senior when he won the state title for the second consecutive year. He captured the state title in the 200 meters in a time of 21.51 seconds, after posting a time of 21.44 seconds in the preliminary rounds. He also helped the track team to take the 4 x 400 metres relay crown in a time of 3:15.04 minutes. He was timed at 10.5 in the 100 meters as a high school junior. As a senior, he ran the 60 meter hurdles in 7.98 seconds, 200 meters in 21.16 seconds, 400 meters in 46.57 seconds and posted personal bests of 13.26w seconds and 13.40 seconds in the 39″ 110 meter hurdles
The Ohio State University track coach Russ Rogers recruited Ginn to run track, believing that he could qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics. However, his track career was put on hold in order to focus on football. He was timed at 10.2 in the 100 meters in his freshman year.
On the one hand, 10.2 is better than Boling’s latest official record.
We have a state champion! With a new national and state mark of 10.13, Strake Jesuit senior Matthew Boling wins the Class 6A title in front of an electric crowd here in Austin. #uiltexas pic.twitter.com/6220blNfl9
— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) May 12, 2019
On the other hand… it’s been years since Ginn clocked that. It would be impressive if he could still achieve something close to that after all these years without track-specific training.
Boling is young and lacks the training and years of competitive experience that Ginn has.
It could go either way.
Who do you think will win?
If the White Lightning wins, we should all do a 100 meter sprint in celebration.
If he loses, we should do two 100 meter sprints.
Basically, we should be running either way. For speed and explosive power.
Forget about long-distance running, marathons, triathlons and other masochistic and emaciating practices.
Does that look fit to you? Long distance running is not good for your health.
Go for power.