Cowboys feel the need for speed

The need for speed never stops driving NFL clubs.

Just look to the Dallas Cowboys who are reportedly going to give Australian speedster Josh Ross a tryout. Ross, who competed in the 100-meter dash in the 2004 Olympic Games, is set to show the Cowboys what he can do.

According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ross told The Age, an Aussie publication, that he will work out for the team.

“I realize there's a long, long way to go yet, but I'm determined to show them what I can do," Ross said. "It will be very competitive over there, but it's not at all daunting for me. I'm used to that kind of pressure.”

The Cowboys have gone the Olympic speedster route before with “Bullet” Bob Hayes, who finally received his due in the Pro Football Hall of Fame a year ago. Finding track speed isn’t the difficult part. Finding wide receivers with track speed is the difficult part.

The San Francisco 49ers signed Renaldo Nehemiah in 1982 to much fanfare. The world record holders in hurdles, Nehemiah had a nondescript three-year career with the 49ers. He caught 43 passes for 754 yards and scored four touchdowns. But dabbling in football raised his profile and he was the only four-time winner of The Superstars, the ABC show.

At the same time Hayes was finding success on the gridiron with the Cowboys, Jimmy “Oops” Hines had a failed run with the Miami Dolphins. The first man to break the 10-second mark in the 100 meters, Hines was a sixth-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 1968. He appeared in two games in 1969 and caught two passes. Hines’ career ended after one game the next season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

We’ll see if Ross even makes it that far. And we’ll also speculate that Patrick Crayton will become even further incensed if Ross is signed by Dallas.

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