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Former UAB recipient JJ Nelson, that ran the fastest in its entirety time in ~ the NFL combine, is perplexed why that doesn"t have actually $100,000 in his pocket.

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Adidas stated it would pay the peak three fastest players who ran the 40-yard dash in that shoes and also signed a contract to endorse the brand before they ran $100,000.

When Nelson visited the player suite where he had a choice to operation in the latest models form Nike, Under Armour and also Adidas, he claimed he determined Adidas not only because the shoes were comfortable but due to the fact that he was conscious of the $100,000 prize.

"I wasn"t completely focused on it at the time," Nelson said thedesigningfairy.com. "I was obviously focused on acquiring a good time first."

An Adidas news release claimed that the market was "open come the athletes who sign with adidas prior to running their official 40 yard dashes later this month," however Nelson claimed he wasn"t ever given a chance to authorize with the brand.

"I signed part waiver at some point, yet I was never given a possibility to authorize an proof deal," Nelson said.

When the thedesigningfairy.com short article was posted that quoted Adidas spokesman Michael Ehrlich as saying Nelson wasn"t eligible due to the fact that he didn"t authorize with the brand, Nelson stated he started obtaining phone calls and text messages.

"Players and also friends to be calling me thinking I would certainly be dumb enough to turn down $100,000," Nelson said.

At 5-foot-10, 156 pounds, Nelson -- who ran a 4.28 40-yard dash -- is believed of as, in ~ best, a late-round draft pick. The same can"t be said for the 3 players that took home the $100,000.

Former Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes (4.31) and former West Virginia recipient Kevin White (4.35) room projected first-round breeze picks, while former University of Miami recipient Phillip Dorsett (4.33) might not slip past the second round.

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Last year, previous Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks winner the $100,000 prize from Adidas for running the more quickly 40 in its shoes. But Cooks took the money and also promptly signed v Nike. So Adidas this year adjusted the plan to include that a player would additionally have to authorize an endorsement deal.