Chris Johnson, Devin Hester to race a cheetah

Want to see Chris Johnson and Devin Hester race a cheetah? You're in luck. (USATSI/National Geographic)
Titans running back Chris Johnson is racing a cheetah. Yep, arguably the NFL's fastest player is racing the planet's fastest animal. Johnson won't be alone: Bears returner Devin Hester is racing too. It's all part of Nat Geo Wild's Big Cat Week kickoff special, "Man vs. Cheetah," which will air in November.

"This is the most incredible challenge I’ve ever faced," Johnson said, according to "I wanted to go up against the fastest in the world and test myself, and this was it!”

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"Man vs. Cheetah" will not only look at how the cheetah’s speed, maneuverability and instinct all come together, but it will reveal the key advantages and the vulnerabilities of the contestants. The special addresses whether cheetahs have hidden weaknesses despite their all-out running power, and whether comparing them to humans might reveal new information about cheetahs’ potential for survival in the wild. The margin between cheetah speed and human ability is shown to be razor-thin, with factors like agility, endurance and the human ability to strategize and adapt leveling the playing field.

"The whole idea of racing next to a cheetah for Nat Geo Wild was a very unusual proposition," Hester said. "But it was something I was ready to take on to see if I could get an edge on."

"Man vs. Cheetah" will be hosted by naturalist Casey Anderson and wildlife biologist Luke Dollar. 

No word yet on whether we'll also see "Man vs. Manatee," featuring Vince Wilfork and Terrance Knighton, or "Man vs. Galapagos Tortoise," with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

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