Devon Allen, who is set to start his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles, may be the fastest player in the league this fall. The 27-year-old rookie wide receiver made track and field history on Sunday by running the third-fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles.
Allen scored 12.84 seconds At Icahn Stadium on the NYC Grand Prix. Olympic silver medalist Grant Holloway finished second at 13.06.
Holloway is one of two men who ran the event faster than Allen: Aris Merritt (world record 12.80) and Holloway (12.81). Merritt set his world record 12.80 in 2012 at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels, Belgium, while Holloway ran 12.81 last summer at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
“I thought I could break the record today,” Allen told reporters. “Clean a few things, four hundredths of a second is four thousandths of a second for each obstacle, which is very small. You’ll have to wait for another race.”
Allen, a two-time Olympian, said he plans to compete in the US Championships on June 23-26 and the World Championships on July 15-24. The Eagles signed him in April after working with NFL scouts on Pro Day in Oregon. The recipient gave up an opportunity to pursue football professionally after college to become an Olympian.
The last time Allen played football was in 2016 with Oregon. In three seasons with the Ducks, he had 54 passes for 919 yards and eight touchdowns in 23 games. As an Olympian, he placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles in 2016 at the Rio Olympics and fourth at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
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