adidas Offers Endorsement Contract to Fastest Man at NFL Combine | STACK

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

adidas Offers Endorsement Contract to Fastest Man at NFL Combine

February 28, 2013 | Shay Mathews

Must See Entertainment and Style Videos

Under Armour may have the marketing rights for the 2013 NFL Combine, but that hasn't stopped adidas from running away with the headlines. The apparel company has run ads in the Indianapolis area, site of the combine, promising a shoe deal to the player with the fastest 40-Yard Dash time. Run the fastest 40, get a contract offer. (Catch up with top NFL prospects at Velocity Sports where they trained for the NFL Combine.) That means that Marquis Goodson, who recorded an official 4.27, Tavon Austin, who ran an unofficial 4.25, or both, are in line for sponsorships.

adidas spokesman Michael Ehrlich confirmed the offer while talking to ESPN, but he would not comment on how much the deal would be worth. The site did ascertain, however, that there is no minimum.

It is a smart move by the shoe giant, which is currently promoting its lightweight adiZero 5-Star prime cleats. The 40-Yard Dash, which happens to be all about form, is arguably the highlight of the Combine; and often the capabilities of the player with the fastest time become a hot debate topic among scouts and fans. The shoes weigh an impressive 5.3 ounces, feature a reinforced toe, and use technology that allows for increased stability and support while eliminating any excess material that could slow a runner down.

It is worth noting that even if the winner chooses to accept adidas's offer, he will not be allowed to wear the company's logo on the football field during games, since only Under Armour and Nike currently hold marketing rights with the NFL. It was a lesson quarterback Robert Griffin III had to learn the expensive way when he promoted crazyquick Cleats.

More Cool Stuff You'll Like

5 Superstars Who Spent Time on Awful Teams

NHL All-Stars Drop In For a Game of Sledge Hockey

2011 NFL Combine Results: Wide Receivers

Ranking Top Athletes' Health by the Products They Endorse

The Saddest CrossFit Fail Ever

The 5 Worst NFL Performances on Thanksgiving

Score Some Fancy Footwear With Reebok's Black Friday Sale


The 10 Best Fitness Fails of 2014

Nike Unveils Uniforms for First College Football Playoff

New Year's Resolutions Top Pro Athletes Need to Make

The 5 Most Embarrassing Plays in Sports

The 10 Best Athlete Mustaches of All Time, in Honor of Movember

The 14 Most Beastly Plays of 2014

WATCH: 5-Foot-2 Guard Drops 41 Points

10 Totally Worthy Holiday Charity Efforts by Pro Athletes

4 Tips to Help You Dominate Your Fantasy Basketball League

Social Media Roundup: Don't Call J.J. Watt 'Bae'

The 5 Biggest Rule Changes in Sports History

Cold? Try the Columbia Diamond 890 Turbodown Hooded Down Jacket

Here's Your First Look at the 2015 NBA All-Star Uniforms

The Best Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals for Athletes

Introducing the Football You Can Throw 100+ Yards

Meet Ricky Johnson, Red Bull Frozen Rush Champion

The Ol' Scottish Cement Bag Trick Is the Best

Nike Elite Collection: Wear It Like a Badge of Honor

The 6 Laziest People Who Have Ever Stepped into a Gym