Did Terrell Sinkfield Run a 4.19 40 at Minnesota’s Pro Day? (Video)
There was a lot of buzz coming out of Minnesota on Monday. The cause? Some reports that an unheralded, unknown college football player ran a 4.19 40-yard dash at the Minnesota Gophers’ Pro Day.
That player was a kid named Terrell Sinkfield, a wide receiver from the University of Northern Iowa. He caught 43 passes for 499 yards and 4 touchdowns in his senior season. And in his three tries at the 40, he ran 4.27 in the first, 4.19 in the second, and 4.44 in the third—because he tripped.
If these are accurate, that time of 4.19 would not only have surpassed everyone at this year’s official NFL combine, but it would also beat the record set by Chris Johnson for fastest 40 ever at the NFL combine since they started using electronic timing.
Check it out:
Of course, there is a problem with this story: Sinkfield was not timed electronically.
The initial reports on the kid’s incredible 40 times came from Fox Sports North, but it’s unclear who clocked the 4.19. We know for sure that Sinkfield’s agent, Mitchel Chargo said his client ran a 4.19 40. But Scott Studwell, the Minnesota Vikings’ director of college scouting, clocked Sinkfield in the high 4.3s.
According to Studwell, “He can run. He ran fast. He tested well.” And indeed, only 11 guys at the 2013 NFL Combine ran the 40 in the high 4.3s or better. But that’s still a big difference.
Who knows, though. Maybe Terrell Sinkfield really is the fastest NFL player of the last 30 years. And maybe I’m the most eloquent sports blogger in the entire world.