Record-setting prep sprinter takes bet against NFL’s Ted Ginn


Long-time NFL wide receiver offers $10,000 to anyone willing to take him on … Texas Prep star Matt Boling immediately takes the challenge.

Long-time NFL wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who was a standout sprinter in high school on the way to being the No. 9 overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, offered a $10,000 challenge to anyone to run a 100-meter dash.

Ginn, 34, may not have been counting on a high school phenom to take him up on the offer. Matt Boling of Jesuit High in Texas tweeted at Ginn that he would take the bet, although there are some questions about how that would work for Boling’s eligibility.

As for Ginn, it might not work out so well. Ginn was projected to be a candidate for the 2008 Olympics as a sprinter before focusing on football. Ginn has a 10.2 in the 100 as a freshman at Ohio State. However, the 18-year-old Boling, who is committed to run track at the University of Georgia, recently won the Texas state 100-meter with a national record 9.98.

Boling, who has been nicknamed “White Lightning,” began running track a year ago. He also has posted amazing times and performances in relays, such as in the anchor leg of the Texas 4 X 400 relay earlier this month.

While it will be interesting to see how the 34-year-old Ginn holds up, taking on the impressive young legs of Boling may be too much of a challenge at this point in Ginn’s athletic career. Twelve years of playing in the NFL doesn’t tend to make people faster.

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