Bolt would consider playing for the Packers or Patriots

By October 28, 2019

A decade after saying he had no interest in playing American football, retired track icon Usain Bolt is now saying that he would consider playing in National Football League (NFL) but only if certain teams came calling.

Weeks after setting world records of 9.58s and 19.19s in the 100m and 200m, respectively at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, the then 23-year-old Jamaican sprint star was asked if he would consider playing in the physically demanding league.

He was quite emphatic in his response.

"I wouldn't want to play in the NFL," Bolt told the Independent newspaper in the United Kingdom.

"If I did, I'd want to play running back but they say I'm too tall. They would want me to play wide receiver. They get hit too much. I'm not in the mood to be hit that much."

Now two years retired, Bolt seems to be having a change of heart.

"If the Patriots or Aaron Rodgers call me," Bolt did recently to a TMZ reporter who asked what it would take to get him to play in the NFL.

He claimed that back in his heyday, he had received multiple offers from NFL teams but back then, he was not too keen on being hit.

“I got a lot of offers to go to the NFL,” Bolt said. “It was something that scared me at the time. I think it’s better now. Back then, it was really a rough sport. If it was like it is now, I think I would probably transition and try to play in the NFL.”

In February 2019, Bolt showed that he still had some of that incredible speed that made him a global superstar when he clocked an unofficial 4.2 seconds over the 40-yard dash during a Super Bowl promotion in the United States.

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