New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson was victorious in one heat in a 40-yard dash tournament, besting Alvin Kamara of New Orleans.
The receiver partook in the 40 Yards of Gold tournament on Saturday night. Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which pitted numerous players in a 40-yard dash competition.
It was held at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida (home of the NHL’s Florida Panthers) and broadcast via pay-per-view. Sixteen players were involved, with a tournament bracket split into eight offense/defense slots.
Anderson’s first-round matchup came against New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara. He defeated the two-time Pro Bowler in decent fashion, allowing him to move onto the next round.
However, Anderson apparently withdrew for the competition after his win for undisclosed reasons. He was replaced in the tournament by Atlanta Falcons receiver Christian Blake.
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Other familiar local competition included former Jets cornerback and current free agent Rashard Robinson. The idea was indirectly conceived by Saints receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who declared he would race anyone for $10,000.
Ginn was listed among the competitors on the event’s website, but was not in attendance. Receiver Marquise Goodwin was the eventual winner. The San Francisco 49er topped Carolina defender Donte Jackson by 0.05 seconds. Goodwin was awarded the event’s $1 million prize.
“In an era where speed has gone from a luxury to a necessity, a ground-breaking 40 Yard Dash Competition is worth more than Gold,” reads 40 Yards of Gold’s “about” section on their website. “40 Yards of Gold is the Authority on Speed in the sport of football from Pop Warner to the NFL. We showcase players who exhibit extraordinary speed on the gridiron and brand them as Gods of Speed amongst their peers.”
Anderson is about to enter his fourth NFL season. Though he went undrafted in 2016, Anderson made a name for himself through speed, running the 40 in 4.36 second during his second Temple pro day. He has amassed 2,280 yards and 15 touchdowns on 155 receptions in his NFL career thus far. The Jets placed a second-round tender on him earlier this offseason.
Anderson and the Jets will hold the first of four open training camp practices on July 27.