However, Olympic sprinter turned American football wide receiver Bob Hayes is often regarded as the quickest NFL player ever. Hayes won a 100-meter race at the Olympics, breaking the world mark with 10.06 seconds (current record: 9.58 seconds by Usain Bolt). At the time of his death in 1999, he was also tied for second most all-time Olympic medals with Carl Lewis.
Hayes played eight seasons in the NFL, from 1969 to 1976, with the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. He averaged 20.4 yards per catch and has been credited with developing the "jump ball" technique used by many receivers today.
During his career, Hayes caught 574 passes for 7,318 yards and 42 touchdowns, while also returning 76 kickoffs for 1,755 yards and five touchdowns. He is considered one of the best wide receivers of all time.
After retiring from football, he worked as an assistant coach for Boston College during the 1979 season. The following year, he was hired as the head coach of Boston University but was fired after just one game due to poor recruiting results. From there, he moved on to work as a college football analyst for NBC Sports until his death in 1999.
While playing for the 49ers, Hayes set several team records, including most receptions in a season (106) and most receiving yards in a game (216).
Goodwin, Marquise 4.27 seconds in the 40-yard dash Marquise Goodwin is not just a San Francisco 49ers receiver, but he is also an Olympian. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the fastest competed in the long jump for the United States. Oh, and he's one of the NFL's quickest players. The 49ers drafted Goodwin in 2013; he's still getting used to his role with the team.
Perham, DeAndre 5'10" 195 pounds He's only played three seasons, but DeAndre Perham already has two career interceptions. The last time the 49ers played in New York, Perham had one of those picks and nine tackles in a 24-14 win over the Giants in 2014.
Prince-Carter, Jaelen 8.30 seconds in the 40-yard dash Jaelen Prince-Carter was considered one of the best high school football players in Florida when he committed to Florida State University. However, an injury during practice caused him to change his mind and instead he signed with the Miami Dolphins as a wide receiver. He has since been traded to the New England Patriots.
Tramaine Brock 6'0", 205 pounds He's been a starter since 2015 and came off the bench in 2014 when Eric Reid arrived on the scene. Tramaine Brock has two interceptions this season and four overall. The 49ers selected Brock in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
The quickest player in the NFL is now in Cincinnati, according to the Bengals' selection of John Ross, who established the Scouting Combine record for the fastest 40-yard sprint. The quickest player in Major League Baseball, Reds centerfielder Billy Hamilton, who leads the league in stolen bases, was already in Cincinnati. He made the All-Star Game as a reserve and will start this week at number two in the lineup.
Ross played football at Washington State and ran a 4.22-40 time at the Combine. He also jumped 42 inches in the vertical jump. He had 1,000+ yards receiving in each of his three seasons and has been voted one of the best receivers in college football by both fans and coaches.
Hamilton led all minor leaguers with 143 steals in 2015 and was selected to his first All-Star game. The 20-year-old hit.275 with 26 doubles, 10 home runs and 67 RBIs in 91 games last season. He was ranked second among all minor league players by Baseball America and MLB.com. Hamilton's success on the base paths is due to his exceptional speed - he was timed at 36.5 feet per second in 2016. He became the first player since 1913 to lead the minors in steals per game (0.93).
John Ross will be able to contribute right away for the Bengals because he can play any offensive position except quarterback.