The NFL Scouting Combine just concluded in Indianapolis with hundreds of players showing what they can do for their newest employers. For three players though, they got richer from the fact they ran really fast at the combine. Trae Waynes, Phillip Dorsett and Kevin White each got $100,000 for Adidas for being the three fastest prospects who signed endorsement deals with the company.
Waynes ran a 4.31, Dorsett a 4.33 and White a 4.35. There was another player in JJ Nelson, who wore Adidas cleats and ran a 4.28 but didn’t sign with the brand before running that. There are some problems with this system to say the least. First off, Nelson should have got the $100,000 for having the Adidas cleats on. The whole “he didn’t sign first” business is out of bounds.
Also, it is surprising that there aren’t other shoe companies doing this. Where is Nike at for this one? Adidas signed several players while at the combine and those players got their rewards. Maybe Waynes, Dorsett and White make it big at the next level and Adidas gets themselves back on the map more against Nike.