With a 40-yard dash time of 4.22, Washington wide receiver John Ross set a new NFL Combine record, besting Chris Johnson's previous time of 4.24. In addition to improving his draft stock, Ross became a proud new owner of an actual island, taking advantage of Adidas' pre-Combine promise to gift one to the runner who broke the longstanding record. Or did he?
Adidas is really offering to buy an island for anyone who breaks the 40-yard dash record at the Combine this year pic.twitter.com/9NNaL2s8RX— SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) February 27, 2017
Per terms of the promotion, Adidas would buy a private island valued up to $1 million for the new record holder. The catch is that they have to run in the brand's 2017 Adizero 5-Star 40 cleats. Unfortunately for Ross, he was wearing the Nike Vapor 4.2 for his speedy performance, missing out on Adidas' massive prize.
Nike's new cleats for the Combine— SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) March 3, 2017
Vapor 4.2 weighs just 6.9 oz, not for sale pic.twitter.com/xbAyMrwKDa
"I really can't swim that well. And I don't own a boat," said Ross when asked why he wore Nike instead of Adidas.
John Ross on why he didn't wear Adidas shoes and attempt to win island "I can't swim and I don't have a boat" pic.twitter.com/mTXwe3ezhT— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 4, 2017
Ross should be fine moving forward. Already a projected first-round pick, Ross only solidified his position with his Combine performance. Still, losing the insurance of entering the draft as the proud owner of a million-dollar island has to sting a little. Perhaps Nike will soften the blow by offering him an endorsement deal in the coming weeks.