53-year-old NFL retiree claims he is faster than DeSean Jackson

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There has been a lot of scrutiny thrown in DeSean Jackson’s direction the last few weeks, but it may be getting out of hand. Now, former Bears and Raiders receiver, Willie Gault is claiming he could still outrun Jackson in a race. He’s 53.

I mean, we’re talking about DeSean Jackson. This is a guy who ran a 4.35 second 40-yard dash, and is one of the most electric players in the NFL. How could a 53-year-old man ever beat him? Well… by being super fast, I guess.

Gault isn’t blowing smoke. At 50, he set world records in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes for the 50-54 age group – 10.88 seconds and 22.44 seconds, respectively.

“I’m less than a second slower than I was in my prime,” said Gault.

20 years after retiring, Gault thanks his work ethic for keeping him in shape.

“I just never really stopped running,” Gault said after breaking the world records. “It’s really easy to get out of shape, especially when you get older, and then it’s just way too hard to get back. People get discouraged because after a few weeks they’re not seeing great results, so they give up. I never want to get out of shape. I’ll do it 3-4 times a week until I die.”

When it comes to racing NFL players, Gault does understand his limitations:

“Probably eight to ten guys faster than me, Trindon Holliday, Chris Johnson of course.”

But, when it comes to Jackson, Gault said, “Nah, not him. I could get him.”

The fact that we have to legitimately question whether or not a man in his 50s could beat one of the fastest players in the NFL is amazing. Gault is clearly an anomaly.


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