The 21 Fastest Athletes in Pro Sports

Since the dawn of sport, speed has been an advantage. These 21 pro athletes have the type of blazing speed that strikes fear into the heart of their opponents.

Tyreek Hill

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Tyreek Hill

Tyreek Hill is fast and he knows it. 

As he gallops into the end zone, the Kansas City Chiefs burner likes to throw up the deuces to all the defenders he just dusted. 

Hill was a standout track athlete at Coffee High School (Douglas, Georgia), earning USA Today All-America honors in 2012. His 200-meter PR of 20.14 was just one hundredth of a second slower than the national high school record, and he once clocked a wind-assisted 9.98 in the 100-meter dash. 

While Hill's circuitous college experience included stops at Garden City Community College, Oklahoma State University and the University of West Alabama, his speed always stood out. 

At Hill's Pro Day ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft, he recorded a 4.25 40-Yard Dash and a 40.5-inch Vertical Jump. 

His incredible measurables helped make him a fifth-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs. "He's got world-class speed," area scout Ryne Nutt told The Kansas City Start shortly after the pick. 

Hill totaled two punt return touchdowns and a kick return touchdown during his rookie season, making the Pro Bowl as a return specialist. On one kick return, he reached a speed of 23.24 miles per hour, which ranks as the fastest ballcarrier speed in NFL Next Gen Stats history.

Following his rookie season, Hill received the nickname "Cheetah."

Last season, Hill proved he was also a dynamite receiver in addition to an electric return man. He totaled 1,183 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns on the year, earning another trip to the Pro Bowl.

"(Tyreek) has that once-in-a-generation type speed," Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby recently told the NFL Network.