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No really, it’s all happening. Two of the fastest humans in the NFL raced against the world’s fastest animal. Between this and having fish eat his dead skin, Chris Johnson became quite close with the greater animal community this offseason.

The showdown between Johnson, Devin Hester, and a beast which would happily eat them both has already been taped, and it’ll air later this fall as the grand kickoff to Nat Geo Wild’s Big Cat Week. While the entire series sounds fantastic, if it doesn’t include something Sharknado-esque like a cheetah hurricane, I’m not interested.

Johnson — who still owns the record for the fastest 40-yard dash time at the Scouting Combine (4.24), and he once said he could beat Usain Bolt — was quite excited about the ordeal, as one would be after being the human half of a science experiment

From The Wrap (via For The Win):

“This is most incredible challenge I’ve ever faced. I wanted to go up against the fastest in the world and test myself, and this was it!”

Hester and Johnson were the test subjects in an exploration of the cheetah, with a focus on more than just speed. There were also agility drills to see if that gives the two running backs an advantage, or if they are in fact simple mortals.

If nothing else, this gives team owners around the NFL another great idea for halftime entertainment. Wiener dogs are so 2011.