Why Wearing Nike Cost NFL Prospect an Island

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With a 40-yard dash time of 4.22, Washington wide receiver John Ross set a new NFL Combine record, besting Chris Johnson’s previous time of 4.24. In addition to improving his draft stock, Ross became a proud new owner of an actual island, taking advantage of Adidas’ pre-Combine promise to gift one to the runner who broke the longstanding record. Or did he?

Per terms of the promotion, Adidas would buy a private island valued up to $1 million for the new record holder. The catch is that they have to run in the brand’s 2017 Adizero 5-Star 40 cleats. Unfortunately for Ross, he was wearing the Nike Vapor 4.2 for his speedy performance, missing out on Adidas’ massive prize.

“I really can’t swim that well. And I don’t own a boat,” said Ross when asked why he wore Nike instead of Adidas.

Ross should be fine moving forward. Already a projected first-round pick, Ross only solidified his position with his Combine performance. Still, losing the insurance of entering the draft as the proud owner of a million-dollar island has to sting a little. Perhaps Nike will soften the blow by offering him an endorsement deal in the coming weeks.

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