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It’s Renaldo Nehemiah Day for the Rocky Mountain Showdown

#16 multi-sport athlete.

As the story goes, when the wide receiver prospect ran the 40-yard dash for a scout, he didn't go all out, not wanting to get injured for no good reason, cruising in with a time of 4.5 seconds.

"Good wheels!" said the scout.

The prospect laughed. "I can run 4.5 for 40 yards over hurdles," said Renaldo Nehemiah.

Nehemiah ran like no one else over hurdles, becoming the first man to run the 110-meter highs in under 13 seconds and setting several world records over the course of his career. But while his timing for clearing the 42-inch hurdles was superb, his timing for the Olympics was not.

Going into the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, Nehemiah was the overwhelming favorite to win gold in the high hurdles. But that was the year president Jimmy Carter pulled the U.S. out of the Olympics because of the Soviet Union's refusal to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

Nehemiah probably could have made another run at the Olympics in 1984 in Los Angeles, but he had another sport to attend to. He had joined the San Francisco 49ers as a wide receiver. In three seasons, from 1982-84, Nehemiah totaled 43 catches for 754 yards and four touchdowns and played on a Super Bowl championship team.

While Nehemiah was far from an all-pro, his presence on the field often drew double-teams, which opened up the offense for other 49ers receivers such as Dwight Clark, Jeff Moore, Russ Francis, Freddie Solomon and Earl Cooper, not to mention Roger Craig out of the backfield. And the year after Skeets -- who earned that nickname as a baby for his crawling speed -- retired from football, the 49ers brought in a new guy from Mississippi Valley State named Jerry Rice.

On deck: The greatest Hispanic ballplayer of all time.

[Post edited by BuffsIn2019 at 08/14/2019 12:38AM]

Posted: 08/14/2019 at 12:33AM


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