Jaguar or cheetah: Fournette run hit 22 mph

Updated: October 12, 2017

4:28 PM ET

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Everyone knew Leonard Fournette wouldn’t have much trouble running through potential tacklers, but he’s now shown he can outrun them, too.

The NFL says the Jacksonville Jaguars’ rookie running back reached a top speed of 22.05 mph during his 90-yard touchdown run against Pittsburgh last Sunday. The NFL also said it’s the fastest any ball carrier has run so far this season.

Not just the fastest among running backs. The fastest among anybody who has run with the ball.

The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Fournette, who ran a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, ran faster than anyone we’ve seen this season, including Kansas City receiver/returner Tyreek Hill, San Francisco receiver Marquise Goodwin, Arizona receiver J.J. Nelson and Tampa Bay receiver DeSean Jackson. Those players have all posted a sub-4.40 time in the 40, and Hill — whose Twitter handle is @cheetah — ran a 4.24 during his pro day.

While Fournette, who rushed for 181 yards and two TDs against the Steelers, may not be impressed, his teammates certainly are.

“Even the guy from Kansas City [Hill]?” safety Tashaun Gipson asked. “See, all right then, they shouldn’t have said that. Tell them don’t say that. Tell them leave that stat out, because I know he isn’t as fast as that guy.

“I know he’s got home-run ability, I know he’s got home-run speed, but, dang, 22 mph? That’s crazy.”

For comparison, Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt was clocked at 27.7 mph during his world-record 100-meter sprint at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin in 2009. Bolt covered the distance in 9.58 seconds.

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