January 16, 2010
Chad Ochocino wants to use both his speed and trash-talking ability to help victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl wide receiver has challenged NFL rushing champ Chris Johnson to a foot race with the loser donating his Pro Bowl check (about $40,000) to Hatian relief efforts.
The wideout told Bengals.com that he hasn't talked to Johnson yet but doesn't see any reason why the Tennessee Titans running back wouldn't agree to the match. Earlier this month a report surfaced that Johnson, who this year became the seventh player in history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season, was going to face gold medalist Usain Bolt in a match race. The story was quickly refuted.
Last night the two friends engaged in a public discussion about the potential race on Twitter:
Ochocinco: @chrisjohnson rise to the challenge and race, Degree is donating 10k on behalf of the winner to HAITI RELIEF http://tr.im/JIX2
Ochocinco: @chrisjohnson28-bruh rise to the challenge and race me!! DEGREE is gonna donate 10K on behalf of winner to HAITI RELIEF http://tr.im/JIX2
Chris Johnson: @OGOchoCinco I won't even be a good race
Ochocinco: @chrisjohnson28-we can do this race old school, no shoes and race in the street light pole to light pole like back n the day!
Chris Johnson: @OGOchoCinco no shoes or socks I'm bout dat life
Ochocinco: @chrisjohnson28-man I need a ride from the airport, my flight taking off now,the the flight is an hour from ATL-ill let u win da race
Ochocinco: @chrisjohnson28-bruh I'm here. I'm not even wearing shoes to the club to show you how serious I am, see you in a minute bruh!
The first "chrisjohnson" Ochocinco addressed on Twitter wasn't the NFL star but a guy in St. Paul, MN with 42 followers. Ochocinco almost certainly could have won that race. As for a sprint against the other Chris Johnson, I'm not so sure.
Though the thought of Johnson staying in a race with Usain Bolt was far-fetched (to say the least), the running back would probably be able to dust Ochocinco with ease. Last week Ochocinco couldn't get past a backward-running Darrelle Revis(notes). Staying with a guy who ran a 4.24 in the 40 at the combines is a stretch.
But the race, if it happens, is secondary. Aiding the victims of the earthquake is a noble effort, no matter the self-promotion involved.
Thanks, Huffington Post
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