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Content: The 40-yard dash has to be one of the revered athletic metrics in sports. Truth be told <a title="Womens Lamar Jackson Jersey" href="http://www.ravensfootballauthentics.com/lamar-jackson-jersey-authentic">Womens Lamar Jackson Jersey</a> , it鈥檚 not even that meaningful of a metric. Historically speaking, there have been a ton of NFL busts over the years who posted some of the most impressive 40-yard dash times in NFL history, only to enter the league and fail to do anything else memorable. So why do we care so much about the 40-yard dash? Well, to be fair, it is a great way to measure how fast someone can move once the ball is snapped. However, the mystique of the 40-yard dash has much more to do with the simplicity of the metric. Watching an athlete run those 40 yards as fast as they can never cease to be an impressive visual. It鈥檚 why 40-yard dash times are so closely associated with a player鈥檚 athletic potential. 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