In case you’ve been living under a rock, a hot topic in Chiefs Kingdom has been a potential race between Kansas City All-Pro receiver Tyreek Hill and Olympic record-holding sprinter Usain Bolt. The stakes have been raised for the potential race, with one of Bolt’s gold medals and Hill’s only Super Bowl ring on the line, and the distance of the race still up in the air.
One of the more entertaining aspects leading up to the proposed race — if it actually ever happens — is the opinions by those around the NFL landscape about who will win the race. And the latest person to chime in with an opinion is Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens.
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Owens: ‘They Need to Drug Test Tyreek Hill’
Appearing on Shannon Sharpe’s new podcast “Club Shay Shay,” Owens was asked about the infamous proposed race between Hill and Bolt. Owens at first thought Hill was out of his mind, saying, “They need to drug test Tyreek Hill.”
However, Owens changed his tune a bit when Sharpe brought up the fact that the race could potentially be a 40-yard dash. That matters because Bolt — though one of the fastest people to ever walk the planet — builds up his speed throughout the 100 and 200-meter dashes, which could give Hill a better chance if the two were to run a shorter race. In August, Bolt told sports talk show host Dan Patrick he thought he could best Hill at 40 yards, but he’d be willing to wager a gold medal on a 70-yard dash.
For that reason, Owens told Sharpe, “It would be close.”
Hill responded to Sharpe’s tweet, writing, “You need to be drug tested for wearing that tight shirt in that kind of setting.”
Hill then followed up to assure fans there is nothing but love between him and Owens, tweeting, “BTW everyone T.O is one of my favorite players of all – time so I’m joking.”
Pivotal Year for Hill
At age 27, Hill is entering a very important season for his NFL career. 2022 will be the final year of his three-year, $54 million contract with Kansas City, which means he could be in line for a contract extension next offseason if he puts together yet another elite season. Based on his age, the next contract he earns could be his last big contract in the NFL. Because of that, he needs to put together one of his best seasons to date in order to earn the maximum amount of money in his next deal.
Surpassing his 2020 totals though — a career-high 87 catches and the second-most scrimmage touchdowns (17) in the NFL — is going to be an uphill climb, even with Patrick Mahomes at the helm.
After tweaking his hamstring during the preseason, Hill was not listed on the team’s first injury report of the 2021 regular season, which means he should be 100% healthy when the Chiefs open up the regular season against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, September 12. That will be the first chance this season that Hill will get to remind the NFL how valuable he continues to be for the Chiefs.