Titans' Johnson: Ginn 'never showed up' for race
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - NFL rushing leader Chris Johnson says speedy Miami Dolphins receiver Ted Ginn Jr. became a no-show when they arranged a foot race during a pool party on Miami Beach.
"We were going to race down Ocean Drive," Johnson said Wednesday. "I walked down to the street, and he never showed up."
The subject arose during a conference call with South Florida media. Johnson and his Tennessee Titans play the Dolphins on Sunday.
Johnson said the race was arranged at a party last offseason attended by Ginn, Dolphins teammate Joey Porter and other NFL players.
"Him and Joey Porter were talking about how he could beat me," Johnson said. "When it came down to it, he was a no-show."
Johnson has rushed for 1,626 yards this season and could become the sixth player to reach the 2,000 milestone. He had a time of 4.24 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine last year and considers himself the league's fastest player.
So he's faster than Ginn?
"That's not even a legitimate question," Johnson said.
Is he faster than Olympic champion Usain Bolt?
"That's a better question," Johnson said. "I think I would beat him like in the 50."
Johnson said he has never taken part in the sort of challenge race arranged with Ginn.
"They say they want to," he said, "but they end up backing out."