Tyreek Hill Doubles Down on Usain Bolt's Race Challenge: 'I Will Be Ready'

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and sprinting legend Usain Bolt continued their friendly war of words on Thursday, when the Jamaican hinted he could put one of his Olympic gold medals at stake in a proposed race with the NFL star.

The Chiefs speedster challenged the eight-time Olympic gold medalist to a 40-meter dash at the end of last month and the two have gone back and forth on Twitter ever since.

On Thursday, Bolt appeared on the Dan Patrick Show, where it was put to him that a race over 70 meters would be fairer for both competitors.

Patrick suggested that Hill, one of the fastest players in the NFL, may beat Bolt over 40 meters, but would not keep up with him over anything longer than 60 meters.

"I'm good with 70 meters," the Jamaican told Patrick.

"I still don't think he can take me 40 meters."

Throughout his career Bolt was known as a relatively slow starter, only to leave opponents floundering in his trail once he hit his stride. Hill, on the other hand, is blisteringly quick out of the blocks.

"If I can get in shape, I've proved that if I really warm up and get ready to go I can run fast," Bolt told Patrick when asked whether he was confident he could beat the Chiefs wide receiver even on a short dash.

Patrick then suggested the proposed race could take place the week after the Super Bowl and joked Bolt should put one of his eight Olympic medals at stake, while Hill would wager his Super Bowl LIV champion ring.

someone give him some attention 😬 https://t.co/rkoIt1Dl94

— Ty Hill (@cheetah) August 12, 2021

"I don't think he's gonna for it," Bolt replied.

"He's been talking, so we'll see. We should put some thought into that one."

Hill's reply didn't take long. "Someone give him some attention," the three-time first-team All Pro wrote on Twitter, as he shared a clip of Bolt's appearance on the Dan Patrick Show.

In a separate tweet, Hill added: "I'll be ready".

I will be ready 😬✌🏿🐆

— Ty Hill (@cheetah) August 13, 2021

The feud between the two emerged late last month, when Bolt revealed he had dismissed Hill's chances of beating him over a 40-meter dash, the distance that's used at the NFL Combine.

The Jamaican stopped the clock at 4.22 at an event during Super Bowl weekend two years ago.

He's still got it! 💨@usainbolt ties the fastest @NFL 40-yard dash with a 4.22 at #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/oV5s6W0eeI

— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) February 2, 2019

Hill, by comparison, ran 4.29 over the 40-meter dash during his pro day ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft.

"Me and Tyreek Hill got into it because he's a Gatorade-sponsored athlete also, so we got into it one time," Bolt said on the Pat McAfee Show.

"We were sitting down, and we were talking. He was like how he could take me, and he was talking, 'blah blah blah,' but then I went to the combine one year, and if you go on the internet right now, I ran a 4.22 in my sweats and some shoes. I told Tyreek, 'You got no chance!'"

Line up then stop hiding 🥴 https://t.co/0hxWiuZe6n

— Ty Hill (@cheetah) July 29, 2021

Hill retweeted the clip and challenged Bolt to a race. "Line up then and stop hiding," he tweeted.

A day later, Hill doubled down on his challenge, telling reporters at training camp that "Usain Bolt cannot see me."

Bolt retired four years ago but still holds world records in both the 100 meters and the 200 meters, which he ran in 9.58 and 19.19 respectively at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.

A return to the track appears unlikely, but it would certainly be fascinating to see him line up against Hill.

Tyreek Hill and Usain Bolt
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (L) warms up before playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 7 in Tampa, Florida. Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the final of the Men's 200m on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 18, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Patrick Smith/Ian MacNicol/Getty Images