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Former NFL WR Chad Johnson part of “Million Dollar” match race challenge

Florida Football Insiders



Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL star receiver Chad Johnson (yes he’s no longer “Ochocinco”) is back doing what he does best besides touchdown dances: promoting himself and his own endeavors. And, Johnson’s latest one involves a million-dollar 40 yard dash challenge that will have current NFL players and be held in South Florida on Saturday night.

The former Bengals star, who also played with the Dolphins among other NFL stops, is hosting and co-promoting the event called “40 Yards of Gold.” The concept is head-to-head 40-yard dash races between 16 individuals with the ultimate winner receiving $1 million.

Johnson will not be participating himself, however, he helped recruit numerous current NFL stars to be part of this track experiment that will be held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

Current NFL players like Saints running back Alvin Kamara and receiver Ted Ginn will be joined by 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin, Redskins Corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Panthers corner Donte Jackson and Jets receiver Robby Anderson.

The 16 runners are in two eight man brackets and will race side by side, “NFL 40-yard dash combine style” until the field is paired down to two final runners racing for the $1 million.

Johnson told the Fort Lauderdale sun-sentinel that he was all too happy to join in on the promotion and involvement with the event:

“The opportunity came to me. It presented itself. So I jumped on board right away. This is something that I’ve been doing – what – my entire life since I was 4 years old? Running. At some point in life, it became competitive.”

Again, it’s important to point out, Johnson won’t be doing any of the running himself.

As for the other particulars, it’s unclear on the “40 yards of Gold” website, as to whether or not runners who make the semi-finals (for example) or whoever places second in the event, will receive anything financially?

Further, the event is being offered on pay-per-view, but it’s hard to believe that a lot of the buying public on a Saturday night will pay $39.95 for a series of 40 yard dash match races. Good luck getting actual numbers on that.

Tickets for the event are available through Ticketmaster with the best seats in the lower level going for $400 face value. There are tickets for as little as $20 in the upper levels of the arena where the Florida Panthers play NHL hockey.

A source in South Florida media told us that while the event is being promoted heavily on radio and through digital billboards, Etc., it’s not believed that more than a couple of thousand people will be in attendance Saturday night.

That is unless, Johnson and the other promoters have given away significant tickets in recent days to” pad the attendance” and look better for the pay-per-view television broadcast.

Interestingly for Ginn, he publicly threw out a $10,000 hundred yard dash race challenge back in May and had a Texas high school state 100m champion track star, Matthew Boling, publicly accept his challenge.

However, there is no word as to whether Ginn, a former Fins first round pick- who’s looking to win the $1 million Saturday, ever actually followed through, “put his money where his mouth is” and accepted that challenge.

Boling of Houston is not involved in the Saturday match race tournament on PPV. He is slated to go to the University of Georgia on a track scholarship, and it’s unclear as to how a match race with Ginn, or if he tried to participate in this event in South Florida, would affect his eligibility.

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