49ers WR Marquise Goodwin wins ’40 Yards of Gold,’ $1 million prize
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is officially the fastest player in the NFL. Not to mention $1 million richer.
Goodwin beat out Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson to win the inaugural “40 Yards of Gold” competition, which featured several other NFL speedsters.
Marquise Goodwin tops Donte Jackson by .05 seconds to win inaugural 40 Yards of Gold title. Absolutely electric. He wins the $1 million prize. pic.twitter.com/FPJWcGOGAO
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) June 30, 2019
Although, there was one notable absentee. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who famously proclaimed that he was the fastest man in the NFL and said he’d race anyone for $10,000, was listed as a participant but did not run.
It shouldn’t be that much of a shock that Goodwin took home the title and the cash prize. After all, he is a bona fide world-class athlete who was a US Olympian in the long jump in the 2012 Olympics.
Goodwin isn’t too bad at football, either. He had a brilliant debut season for the 49ers back in 2017 as he had 56 catches for 962 yards — both career-highs.
However, he was unable to build off that last season. He was limited to just 11 games due to injuries as he finished with just 23 catches for 395 yards and four touchdowns.
But as evidenced by his impressive win in the 40-yard dash competition, Goodwin appears to be healthy heading into training camp, which is a good sign for San Francisco.
Goodwin is expected to be the veteran leader of a young 49ers receiving corps that also includes Dante Pettis, Trent Taylor, Jordan Matthews, Richie James, and rookie Jalen Hurd.
And with Goodwin’s blazing speed, he will also the primary deep threat for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.