Adidas offers $1M to break the 40-yard dash record at NFL combine
If anyone breaks the 40-yard dash while wearing Adidas shoes, the company will give them $1 million.
For years, NFL prospects have tried to break Chris Johnson's 40-yard dash record of 4.24 seconds. And for years, they've come up short.
Adidas is trying to really incentivize someone to break the record this year, offering $1 million to any prospect who beats the number set by CJ2K at the 2008 combine.
There is a little fine print to the matter, and naturally anyone who wants to claim the money has to be wearing Adidas footwear:
If at the 2016 NFL Combine, Athlete: (1) wears adidas footwear (“adidas Footwear”) during the 40-yard dash workout; and (2) based on NFL official times, breaks the all-time NFL Combine record (including any record set during the 2016 NFL Combine by someone other than Athlete) for the fastest time of any position during the 40-yard workout, then adidas agrees to pay Athlete One Million Dollars ($1,000,000).
Last year Adidas was going to give out cheetah-painted Porsches but the league shot the idea down (it has a deal with GM), so instead the shoe company handed $100,000 to Trae Waynes, Philip Dorsett and Kevin White, the three-fastest athletes who signed with Adidas.
There's nothing in the fine print (that we saw) about signing with Adidas, although certainly if you run in Adidas cleats and earn yourself a million bucks you're probably going to be interested in inking a deal with the shoe company moving forward.
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