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Texas Wide Receiver Xavier Worthy Breaks NFL Combine Record With 4.21 Seconds 40-Yard Dash

Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy breaks NFL combine record making history for the fastest 40-yard dash with an official time of 4.21 seconds.

Author:Paula M. Graham
Reviewer:Hajra Shannon
Mar 04, 20241.6K Shares55.1K Views
In a breathtaking conclusion to the on-field workouts at the NFL scouting combine, Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthybreaks NFL combine recordmaking history for the fastest 40-yard dash.
The 20-year-old athlete, hailing from Fresno, California, ran an official time of 4.21 seconds on his second attempt, solidifying his status as the speed king of this year's combine.

A Historic Feat

Worthy's remarkable feat unfolded as the final act on Saturday, capping off the wide receivers and quarterbacks' sessions. The official NFL announcement confirmed Worthy's achievement, stating, "Worthy's time makes him the annual event's unquestioned speed king." This surpassed the previous record set by Washington's John Ross, who clocked in at 4.22 seconds in 2017.
"I just broke the record. It still doesn't feel real," said a visibly elated Worthy after his record-breaking run. The significance of the moment was not lost on him as he remarked, "Man, just a blessing to be able to do this in front of all these fans, with all these peers I'm with."
Worthy's journey to the record included an initial run of 4.25 seconds, followed by a brief pause where he removed his shoes. However, a surge of determination led him to lace up again, facing the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium for his second attempt. The clock displayed 4.22 seconds initially, later adjusted to the official time of 4.21 seconds, igniting a roar from the spectators.
This feat adds to Worthy's impressive collegiate career at the University of Texas, where he started 39 games over three seasons. His contributions to the team include finishing fourth in school history for receiving yards (2,755) and eighth in punt return yards (564). Noteworthy is Worthy's punt return average of 14.5, ranking second in Longhorns history, along with a single-season record of 16.9 yards per return in 2023.
Last season, Worthy accumulated 1,014 receiving yards and five touchdowns, showcasing his versatility and playmaking ability. With an average of 14 yards per catch and 26 career touchdowns, Worthy has emerged as a standout prospect in the wide receiver position.

Draft Outlook And Worthy's Reflection

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. recognizes Worthy's potential, projecting him as the No. 9 wide receiver in the class and placing him at No. 32 overall for the Kansas City Chiefs in his latest mock draft. As the NFL Draft looms on April 25-27 in Detroit, Worthy's record-breaking performance positions him as a notable name to watch.
Reflecting on the achievement, Worthy shared, "Man, it’s crazy. I watched the Combine my whole life as a kid since John Ross ran it. Man, I never thought I would be on the stage to do that."
As the NFL Draft approaches, Worthy's record-breaking run not only enhances his draft stock but also sets a new standard for speed at the NFL scouting combine. His journey from a standout collegiate player to a record-breaking combined performance reflects the dedication and skill that make Xavier Worthy a player to watch in the upcoming NFL season.
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