If you're looking for Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders or Robert Griffin, III you have come to the wrong place. The greatest Combine performance in NFL history was by Pat O'Donnell.
Punter. Pat O'Donnell.
After you've finished your chuckle, consider punters and kickers are not expected to run or get tested in the bench. Their job–much like it is on a football team–is to kick.
Yet O'Donnell was not one to sit there and be told what he would or would not do in 2014. He stepped up to the bench, smacked those two plates on each side and pushed that bar up and down 23 times. Two more than top pick Jadeveon Clowney.
The next day, no doubt feeling himself after staring down the true titans of college football, O'Donnell stepped up to the line in the 40-yard dash. Armed with just his 6-4, 220-pound frame and a pair of red, green and blue Under Armour cleats (he was clothed as well), O'Donnell blazed a 4.62 40.
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If O'Donnell was a safety, it would have been the 12th fastest time. He would have ranked top 30 among corners and third fastest linebacker. O'Donnell was faster than Jarvis Landry and some guy named Johnny Manziel.
When you take into account this was a punter with the lowest of expectations laid on him to perform, it is the greatest feat (feet? pun intended?) we have ever seen. Punters are supposed to wear watches like Reggie Roby back in the day, or do stuff like Johnny Hekker. Not walk on to the field amongst lions and slay.
His stud performance riveted everyone in attendance. The Chicago Bears were so enthralled they drafted O'Donnell in the sixth round, pick 190. There's no doubt the confidence he exhibited in participating in the bench and 40 played a part. At the University of Miami, they call that swag.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) July 26, 2017
At the start of 2017 training camp, after signing a four-year extension, O'Donnell showed out in a $260,000 McLaren.
Forget Nick Young, Swaggy P lives in Chicago and punts for a living.