Who said cats and dogs couldn’t be best friends?
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill, appropriately nicknamed ‘Cheetah’ for his blazing fast foot speed, welcomed a pair of new canine friends to his family. Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption, located in Mission, Kansas, first posted the photo to their Facebook page on Friday.
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Hill later shared the news – and the dogs’ names – on his Instagram account. According to the post, the pups are named Heaven and Sky. A reply comment posted by the shelter added, “He was SOO happy when we brought them out to him and they both just started giving him TONS of kisses!”
It also didn’t take long for Chiefs fans to find the photo and share in Hill’s delight.
Hill First Discovered His Speed Because of Wild Animals
While he didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, Hill did participate in the drill during his college Pro Day at the University of West Alabama. According to DraftScout.com, the 5’10,” 185-pound pass-catcher registered official times of 4.28 and 4.29 seconds.
But as ESPN’s Adam Teicher wrote in a December 2016 story, the 25-year-old wide receiver first discovered his unique talent during an unexpected run-in with some wild animals.
“I was about 6 years old,” said the Douglas, Georgia native. “My older cousins took me on this dirt road. There (were), like, wild dogs. It was crazy. I was the youngest. My cousins were, like, 12 and I’m the youngest. So the dogs came and I outran everybody. I was scared, though. I was the first one to make it back to the house.”
One thing’s for certain – Hill was one cool cat under the circumstances.
Broncos Coach Compares Hill to Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders
Just days ahead of the Chiefs’ Week 15 matchup against division-rival Denver, Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio had some high praise for Kansas City’s top wideout.
When asked by the Denver media if he could recall an NFL player with comparable speed to Tyreek Hill, Fangio was quick to acknowledge the receiver’s excellence.
“Obviously, there’s been some fast guys, but I do think he’s the fastest that I’ve seen in my time,” said the first-year head coach.
The fastest players Fangio had seen prior to Hill’s arrival in the NFL? Former Pittsburgh Steelers WR Mike Wallace and Oakland Raiders star RB Bo Jackson.
“When I was with the 49ers, we played the Steelers when Mike Wallace was young and he was really, really fast,” said Fangio. “I’d have to think and would have to ask [Ring of Fame Safety] Steve [Atwater] to go back to his days. I can’t remember that far, but this guy is definitely the fastest. The only guy that comes close, and he wasn’t a receiver, was Bo Jackson. I remember coaching against him.”
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