The Arizona Cardinals have two competitor’s in a 40-yard-dash tournament that takes place on June 29th.
Arizona Cardinals fans will be able to watch two of their players run the 40-yard-dash against a roster stacked with notable NFL talents. A group known as the 40 Yards of Gold will be hosting a bracket-style event on June 29th at an unknown destination to see who is the fastest runner out of multiple NFL players.
From the names included on their site, two teams (offense and defense) will take the track. Each of the teams includes star players, and they both also contain a Cardinal. The two Cardinals’ players that appear to be competing are receiver Damiere Byrd and safety Budda Baker.
The two teams appear to be split up by offense and defense. From the video provided on their website, the offensive side looks like this (each player has their combine/pro-day time listed by their position):
- Ted Ginn Jr. – WR, 4.37s
- Tarik Cohen – RB, 4.42s
- Kareem Hunt – RB, 4.62s
- Jeff Badet – WR, 4.27s
- Corey Coleman – WR, 4.37s
- Robby Anderson – WR, 4.34s
- Richie James – WR, 4.48s
- Kevin Snead – WR, 4.22s
- Damiere Byrd – WR, 4.28s
- Christian Blake – WR, 4.51s
- Jacoby Ford – WR, 4.28s
The defense appears to be equally as stacked as the previously mentioned running backs and receivers:
- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – CB, 4.33s
- Trae Waynes – CB, 4.31s
- John Franklin III – CB, 4.32s
- Rashard Robinson – CB, 4.49s
- Kevin Byard – S, 4.44s
- Donte Jackson – CB, 4.32s
- Jerome Baker – LB, 4.53s
- Xavien Howard – CB, 4.58s
- Terrell Sinkfield – CB, 4.19s
- Budda Baker – S, 4.45s
- Quinton Dunbar – CB, 4.44s
- Jalen Myrick – CB, 4.28s
Included in the list of the 23 players is a mystery offensive player appearance. It’s unknown if NFL teams including the Cardinals have signed off on this competition. Though the players likely won’t be competing at 100%, the risk of injury still remains.
If both Byrd and Baker end up running in the event, they will have their work cut out for them. The average time of the 23 players mentioned stands at 4.38 seconds. Though Byrd has beaten this time, Baker has not.
Even if a Cardinal doesn’t win, the late June competition looks to be a fun one. Some of the fastest players in NFL history will take the field to see who really has the burners. Hopefully, the trophy comes to the desert.