Gotta Be the Shoes: NFL Combine Star John Ross Misses Out on an Island Because of Wrong Kicks

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College wide receiver John Moss must be kicking himself for not wearing Adidas on Saturday after breaking Chris Johnson’s record at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.


The German sneaker giant made a thrilling offer before the weeklong event, which pairs the top college football players performing physical and mental tests in front of NFL coaches, general managers and scouts: Anyone breaking Johnson’s record of a 4.24-second 40-yard dash would get his own island, valued at just under $1 million.

University of Washington receiver John Ross broke the record Saturday by running a 4.22 40-yard dash, but he had on Nikes.

He had to be wearing Adidas to get his island.

Damn, son.

Bright spot: He’ll probably be a first-round draft pick for the NFL and land a deal with Nike. The sneaker giant promptly took to Twitter to crow about the win.

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Adidas shall have the right (in its sole discretion) to substitute payment of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) to Athlete in lieu of providing Athlete with the Island.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say unless it was a really, really shitty island, Adidas would’ve opted for the $1 million payout instead.

So after taxes, Mr. Ross would’ve been looking at $500k-$600k. Which is a great deal of money...unless you’re the fastest player at the combine and Nike offers you a sponsorship for wearing their shoes...