10.00s Small man, big pace: Trindon Holliday

Trindon Holliday 100m time

At 5ft 5″ Trindon Holliday was one of the shortest NFL players in the history of the game. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft and showed genuine pace over the 40 yard dash test covering the distance in 4.21s…

Holliday was a top-ranked American sprinter competing for the LSU Tigers track and field team and is regarded as one of the fastest players in football.[2] He demonstrated his sprinting ability in the 100-meter dash at the 2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, where he recorded 10.07 seconds in the final – ahead of Walter Dixand second only to Tyson Gay.[3] This qualified him for the 2007 World Championships in Athletics but he opted to not compete, preferring to begin the football season with the LSU Tigers.[4] He continued to race, however, and reached the semi-finals in the 100 m at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials the following year.[5]

trindon holliday 100m time

In his first year at LSU in 2007, he broke Xavier Carter‘s school record and became the Southeastern Conference100 m champion. At the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship later that year he set a personal record in the semifinals and finished runner-up in the final to Walter Dix. The following year he took third in the 100 m NCAA final and anchored the 4×100-meter relay team to victory in 38.42 seconds – the fastest collegiate time that year.[4][6]

Track and Field News has Holliday recorded at 6.19 over 55 meters indoors in 2005, leading the nation.

Trindon holliday personal bests

Holliday was never scheduled to appear at LSU’s camp. So David Masterson, Holliday’s high school coach, took Holliday along also. After initial workouts, Holliday ran the 40 in 4.28 seconds wearing high top basketball shoes. The time was so outrageous that the LSU coaches began arguing if they had started their stopwatches on time. “They asked me if Trindon could run it again,” Masterson said. “He didn’t even get in a track stance. He ran the second 40 in 4.27. He’s one of those little freaks of nature.” Despite this, LSU coach Les Miles still considered canceling Holliday’s scholarship offer until holdover offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher convinced Miles that Holliday could play at a college level.

His best years were at the Texans and Broncos before spells with Giants, Buccaneers, 49ers and Raiders.

Proving that size is no barrier to Genuine Pace, Trindon Holliday becomes our shortest inductee at 10.00s dead.


10.06s – Bullet Pace

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Robert Lee “Bullet Bob” Hayes (December 20, 1942 – September 18, 2002) once considered the world’s fastest man by virtue of his multiple world records in the 60-yard, 100-yard, 220-yard, and Olympic 100-meter dashes. He remains the only man to win Olympic gold and the Super Bowl.

A sprinter turned American football wide receiver in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys. Hayes was enshrined in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2001 and inducted in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. Hayes is the second Olympic gold medallist to be inducted to the Hall of Fame, after Jim Thorpe whose story is truly remarkable and can claim to be one of the greatest Athletes ever.

With the advent of fully automatic timing, Hayes was the first man to break ten seconds for the 100 metres, albeit with a 5.3 m/s wind assistance in the semi-finals of the 1964 Olympics. His time was recorded at 9.91 seconds. Jim Hines officially broke 10 seconds at the high altitude of Mexico City, Mexico in 1968 (and on a synthetic track) with a wind legal 9.95 which stood as the world record for almost 15 years. The next to surpass Hayes at a low altitude Olympics was Carl Lewis in 1984 when he won in 9.99, some 20 years later

It’s his 1964 Tokyo Olympics time of 10.06 that earns him an appearance on Genuine Pace.

10.06s – NFL Pace is Olympic Pace

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Ron Brown won the gold medal at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles as the second leg runner of the 4×100-meter relay team brough home by Carl Lewis. He also took fourth in the 100-meter competition. Brown had a productive NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams (1984-1991). He also spent one season with the Raiders in 1990. Brown was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1985 because of his proficiency as a kick returner.

A personal best of 10.06 records him as the first of our NFL players in the Genuine Pace race, but is the fastest ever?