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Henry Ruggs loses ‘race’ to Mecole Hardman

Ruggs’ 4.26 40 is not fast enough in make-believe race

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Mecole Hardman has bragging rights over Henry Ruggs in their off-field speed endeavors.

But really, the whole thing was pretty lame.

Ruggs — a second-year wide receiver for the Las Vegas Raiders — and — Hardman a receiver for the rival Kansas City Chiefs, went back-and-forth this week challenging each other to a running race as they are among the very fastest players in the NFL.

As suspected, it was all a part of a promoted “race” by Bounty and Bleacher Report.

On Thursday, Bleacher Report published the results of the race, which also included Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver Justin Jefferson and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ linebacker Devin White.

As it turned out, it was never truly a race between the four NFL players. Each player was videotaped running a 40-yard dash on their own (they weren’t even all running on the same surface). Hardman was clocked as the fastest at 4.22 seconds. Ruggs wasn’t far behind at 4.26.

Ruggs may have lost to Hardman, but he did improve upon his 2020 NFL combine 40-yard dash time prior to being the first wide receiver taken in the draft, No. 12 by the Raiders. Ruggs ran a 4.27 at the combine.

What does all this mean? Nothing. It appears Ruggs came out of the made-for-a-paper-towel-company event unhurt, which is nice. Now, he can resume trying to build upon a disappointing rookie season and we can all go back to our lives.