Bears Devin Hester and Titans Chris Johnson to race a cheetah


Devin Hester has been dubbed the “Windy City Flyer” and the “greatest return specialist in NFL history,” but is he faster than a cheetah. The Tennessee Titans’ Chris Johnson is the NFL’s fastest running back and perhaps the only professional tailback in the world fast enough to “set the edge” versus opposing defensive ends.

Both Chris Johnson and Devin Hester will literally go one-on-one in a first-ever race with a cheetah in Nat Geo WILD’s Man v. Cheetah as part of the network’s highest rated week, Big Cat Week premiering Friday, Nov. 29, at 8 pm CST.


The first-ever race with a cheetah at Busch Gardens Tampa’s Cheetah Run attraction. To prepare the cheetahs for the race, Busch Gardens Tampa trainers used training techniques to help familiarize the cats with new experiences, such as running next to a trainer separated by an 11-foot wall, and cameras high above the habitat.

A month before race day, the trainers began working with the cheetahs conducting sprints using the same motorized lure system they were already using to stimulate the cats’ natural instinct to chase.

Cheetahs can reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.

If you converted the NFL Draft combine times of Devin Hester into miles per hour he would have been at 19 m.p.h.

Wiki Answers claims that Chris Johnson reached 26 miles per hour during his rookie year against the Kansas City Chiefs

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