Robert Gill is fast. The “oldest rookie” in the NFL scored a viral video this week when he was spotted running 25 mph on a treadmill.
Yes, 25 mph on a treadmill.
To put that in perspective, Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, averaged about 23.35 mph when he set his world record 100 meter time back in 2009. The world class sprinter was also able to maintain a 23 mph sprint when he broke the 200 meter.
Gill was able to get up to 25 mph on the treadmill but he could only hold that pace for a few seconds. Still, the athleticism displayed by Gill is beyond impressive. He looks like a human Roadrunner when he steps onto the treadmill.
Gill played in the Arena Football League last year but was recently drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. It only took Gill one mini-camp (and possible one 25 mph treadmill video) for the Cardinals to offer him a three-year deal.
“This guy is flying by our guys … It was the first time I had seen him, heard about him or anything of that nature … The one thing you can’t teach is speed. And his speed was … you don’t see too many guys in your life as fast as Robert is.”
You can see a the Robert Gill’s full 25 mph treadmill video here.
Gill took an interesting path to the NFL. He was track star while going to school at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Texas State University and then played some football in the CFL. He bounced around a few semi-pro leagues and now, at age 29, is the NFL’s oldest rookie.