40 Times and NFL Success


A 2008 New York Times article had takes an interesting view of 40 yard dash times and NFL success. The gist of the article was that it is not how fast you run but, a combination of how big you are and how fast you run that predicts success. I have always been a big fan of the Lewis Formula for the same reason. The Lewis Formula takes vertical jump and bodyweight into account. The current standard appears to be the Sayers Formula.

In any case it is obvious that it is not just how fast you run or how high you jump but how much mass is moved in either case that really makes the difference. It is interesting to see how few pro teams in any sport have taken this information into consideration when drafting players. In fact many NHL teams actually value aerobic power over anaerobic power. Scary thought.

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2 Responses to “40 Times and NFL Success”

  1. mboyle1959 Says:

    Just an old time guy giving old time ideas. It’s actually a perfect way to get injured.

  2. Have you seen the TV show that is showcasing an “open tryout” for the Cowboys yet? In the first episode, the “recruits” run 110’s for what the show depicts as “forever”. Then Michael Irvin comes and gives a speech which he then asks the athletes to run their 40’s at the end of “practice” after conditioning and in pads. He termed this as “4th quarter speed”. Thought it was an interesting comment. Does anyone test their athletes in this manner? Or is this just for the show?

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