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.
ICYMI: We have the full playback of the quickest race of 2021 here! A huge thank you to @MecoleHardman4 @DevinWhite__40 @__RUGGS @JJettas2 and @BleacherReport! We had a blast! The Quicker Pick has arrived! pic.twitter.com/KTwDD57Xvv— Bounty (@Bounty) May 20, 2021
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.
#Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman, #Raiders WR Henry Ruggs, #Buccaneers LB Devin White, #Vikings WR Justin Jefferson did a 40-yard race, here are the results:— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 20, 2021
1) Hardman - 4.22
2) Ruggs - 4.26
3) White - 4.37
4) Jefferson - 4.5.
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.