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Two of NFL's fastest players race against CHEETAHS {VIDEO+PICS}

Wild race: Chicago Bears Devin Hester races a cheetah during a scientific matchup between nature's fastest land mammal and the super-agile wide receiver and kick returner in the Big Cat Week special Man Vs. Cheetah

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson and Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester went toe-to-paw with cheetahs Jenna and Nave

  • Race was taped in May at Busch Gardens' Cheetah Run in Tampa, Florida
  • NatGeo built 220-foot-long course with 10-foot-tall wall separating players from animals
  • Races were filmed without script in a single take not to exhaust animals
  • Cheetahs are world's fastest land mammals that can go 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds 

 

 

Ever wondered if a super-fast football player could outrun a cheetah?

NatGeo Wild has turned this hypothetical question into a one-hour documentary called Man v Cheetah, which premieres tonight at 9pm as part of the network’s Big Cat Week.

The wild battle of speed and endurance was staged several months ago at Busch Gardens Tampa in Florida, pitting two of America’s fastest NFL players against a pair of cheetahs.

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Wild race: Chicago Bears Devin Hester races a cheetah during a scientific matchup between nature's fastest land mammal and the super-agile wide receiver and kick returner in the Big Cat Week special Man Vs. Cheetah

Wild race: Chicago Bears Devin Hester races a cheetah during a scientific matchup between nature's fastest land mammal and the super-agile wide receiver and kick returner in the Big Cat Week special Man Vs. Cheetah

 

Who's faster? Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson goes toe-to-paw against a cheetah on a 220-foot-long course at Busch Gardens Tampa

Who's faster? Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson goes toe-to-paw against a cheetah on a 220-foot-long course at Busch Gardens Tampa

 

Grand unveiling: The one-hour documentary called Man v Cheetah, which was shot back in May, premieres tonight at 9pm

Grand unveiling: The one-hour documentary called Man v Cheetah, which was shot back in May, premieres tonight at 9pm

 

Jenny Apostol, the executive producer of the program, told Tampa Bay Times she and her team 'had no idea what was going to happen' when they invited Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson and Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester to go head-to-head with the fastest land mammals on earth.

On paper, the bipedal runners appear to be at a clear disadvantage compared to the lightning-fast big cats that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds.  

In the past, Johnson and Hester have clocked 4.24 seconds and 4.4 seconds, respectively, in the 40-yard dash, while cheetahs Jenna and Nave have reached speeds of 62 mph.

For comparison, Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt,  widely regarded as the fastest person ever, set a world record in 2009 by clocking 9.58-seconds in the 100-meter dash - more than 27 mph.

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Record times: In the past, Hester (left) has clocked at 4.4 second in the 40-yard dash, while Johnson (right) has posted 4.24 seconds

 

For the epic race held in May, NatGeo constructed a 220-foot-long course at Busch Gardens’ Cheetah Run with a 10-foot-tall barrier wall separating the human runners from their feline counterparts, Jenna and Nave.

Need for speed: Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, regarded as the fastest person ever, set a world record in 2009 by clocking 9.58-seconds in the 100-meter dash - but a cheetah would've beat him by 3.5 seconds

Need for speed: Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, regarded as the fastest person ever, set a world record in 2009 by clocking 9.58-seconds in the 100-meter dash - but a cheetah would've beat him by 3.5 seconds

 

Hester and Johnson could not see their furry foes but ran simultaneously in one-on-one heats.

Johnson told USA Today that when he was approached by NatGeo with the idea to race a cheetah, he did not hesitate.

The doubts came later when the 191-pound running back arrived at the track and found out that the show's producers had to build a higher barrier because one of the cheetah had leaped over the first one.

Hester said during filming that in a worst-case scenario, he was hoping to outrun his four-legged rival.

Some 20 video cameras were installed along the track to capture the action from every angle.     

The filming was unscripted and shot in a single take so as not to exhaust the animals, according to the show's producer.

To give the NFL players a fair shot, NatGeo set up the races in such a way that the runners had to sprint back and forth and rapidly change directions - something that may be tricky for an animal, RedEye Chicago reported.

Busch Gardens Tampa has a total of five cheetahs in its collection. Their handlers exercise the critters every day by making them chase a lure on a pulley to keep them fit and healthy. 

Jenna and Nave were born in 2010 in De Wildt, South Africa, and came to Busch Gardens in 2011. Jenna weighs 90lbs, while Nave tips the scales at 85lbs

Menagerie: Busch Gardens' Cheetah Run in Tampa has a total of 5 big cats, among them the two racers - Jenna and Nave

Menagerie: Busch Gardens' Cheetah Run in Tampa has a total of 5 big cats, among them the two racers - Jenna and Nave

 

Incomparable runners: The lightning-fast big cats can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds - but quick direction changes could pose a problem

Incomparable runners: The lightning-fast big cats can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds - but quick direction changes could pose a problem

 

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Comment by upscale on December 1, 2013 at 8:28am
Senseless, that don't prove anything, I,m much faster than 90% of NFL players. It's in our blood. Jamaica to the flipping world
Comment by Antonio on November 30, 2013 at 9:07am

What's the point here, to prove NFL players are faster the athletics runners.

Comment by Ronsay on November 30, 2013 at 1:32am

I here ya, but then again put anything on a brotha's ass and we'll smoke that s***!!!!

Comment by vaughn mitchell on November 30, 2013 at 12:50am

stupid, those two idiots can't beat bot, why do they think they can beat a Cheetah.

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