Chris Johnson refuses to spoil the ending, so everyone will just have to tune in come November to see how he fared against a cheetah.
The Titans running back and Chicago receiver Devin Hester took part in the human versus animal race for a cable TV special.
While most people don’t give Hester or Johnson much of chance against a cheetah, Johnson says he ran at full speed.
“It was a cheetah,” Johnson said Friday with a laugh. “I had to.”
A year ago, some didn’t give Johnson a chance against defenses; he was repeatedly questioned whether he had lost a step, or more, coming off the worst season of his career in 2011. He responded by running for 1,243 yards in his third-best season yet.
And about that speed – Johnson scored three touchdowns of 80 yards or longer. He now has six such TDs in his career, twice as many as any other player in NFL history. So racing a cheetah for National Geographic’s Nat Geo Wild may help Johnson send a pre-emptive message before the season opens Sept. 8 in Pittsburgh.
“I haven’t lost any speed,” Johnson said. “I’m just ready to really get back on the field and continue to play this game.”
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms on a five-year deal with No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher. … Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. … Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he was “shocked” when his friend Ryan Braun admitted he violated baseball’s rules against using performance- enhancing substances. … Packers cornerback Casey Hayward, who led NFL rookies last season with a team-high six interceptions, may miss two weeks of training camp because of a hamstring injury. … New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes says he “can’t answer” whether he will be able to return to the field for the team this season as he recovers from a serious foot injury. … Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie joined his Baltimore Ravens teammates on the field after missing the first day of training camp for being overweight. … Bengals All-Pro receiver A.J. Green has a bruised knee and will miss several days of practice.