Bears defensive back John Franklin III takes home $50,000 in 40-yard dash contest

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Bears defensive back John Franklin III participated in the pay-per-view, 40-yard dash competition Saturday night, taking home some cash in the process.
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Bears defensive back John Franklin III takes home $50,000 in 40-yard dash contest originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com

We've always known that Bears defensive back John Franklin III was fast. After this weekends' "40 Yards of Gold" race, we know just how fast he is.

The former track star participated in the pay-per-view, 40-yard dash competition Saturday night, having no trouble out-running CFL wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield and former New York Jets fourth-round pick Rashard Robinson in the first two rounds of the tournament.

Each of those victories brought in $25,000 a piece, leaving him one race away from the $1,000,000 final.

Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson beat Franklin by 1/100th of a second.

The finish drew some controversy as Franklin's chest appeared to be ahead of Jackson's, but the 2018 second-round pick had his foot touch the line first, so he took the $50,000.

Jackson advanced to the final against San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who was crowned the fastest man in football.

Franklin's contract is only paying him $495,000 in 2019, so that million could have gone a long way for the former undrafted free agent.

He still proved himself as one of the four fastest players in the NFL, and that speed is a big reason why the Bears brought him back this offseason

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