Alabama in the Pros

A Henry Ruggs/Rico Gafford head-to-head race? Ruggs is up for the challenge


Nothing says summer fun better than a foot race.

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The social media world got a treat on Tuesday, as Terrell Owens (46 years old) challenged Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City to run a 40-yard dash against him. A former NFL legend at wide receiver, Owens did not beat Hill yet he showed he still has the speed to play the game — if a team needed him. Hill won the race with a time of 4.37 seconds and is regarded as the fastest receiver in the league.

He enters his fifth season in the fall, but Hill ran the 40 at 4.29 seconds in the 2016 draft process.

Seeing how Henry Ruggs III clocked a 40-time of 4.27 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine, fans wanted to see Ruggs against Hill. However, one Raiders’ fan said he would rather see the former Alabama standout take on Rico Gafford.

Gafford, who played collegiate football at Wyoming, was undrafted in the 2018 venue.

After being cut from the Tennessee Titans, he found a home with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2018 and enters his third year with the franchise.

He was not invited to the NFL Combine, but pro scouts timed Gafford between 4.23 and 4.27 at his pro day at Wyoming. According to an article from the Casper Star-Tribune, one scout had Gafford running a 4.19 in the 40.

Gafford responded to the fan’s post on Twitter with the statement, “maybe we can make that happen for the fans.”

Since childhood, Ruggs has always embraced competition. He played with the best in high school and had to share responsibilities with Jerry Jeudy, Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle at the University of Alabama.

A native of Montgomery, Ala., the fastest man from this year’s Combine is up for the challenge.

Whenever this race takes place, it is going to be really good.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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