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Chris Johnson, Devin Hester will race a cheetah on TV

6:36 AM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
A slightly out of scale Photoshop illustration of what we think Chris Johnson racing a cheetah will look like. (Photos: George Walker IV/The Tennessean and Christophe Beaudufe/AFP)
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USA TODAY - Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is used to facing Jaguars twice a year. In November, Johnson and Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester will showcase their speed against an actual cheetah on Nat Geo Wild.

According the The Wrap, both players faced off in foot races against the big cat for a special called Man vs. Cheetah, which will air as part of the network's fourth annual Big Cat Week this fall.

Via The Wrap:

"This is most incredible challenge I've ever faced," said Johnson, running back for the Tennessee Titans. "I wanted to go up against the fastest in the world and test myself, and this was it!"

Johnson's 4.24 40 yard dash in 2008 still stands as the fastest time ever at the NFL scouting combine. He got off to a slow start in the first three games of 2012 before rebounding to finish with 1,243 yards on the season and average 4.5 yards per carry. It'll be interesting to see if this unique offseason training has him ready to fly a little earlier in 2013.

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