MADISON, Wis. Montee Ball posted loads of spectacular numbers during his career as a running back at Wisconsin. He finished second in school history with 5,140 rushing yards and tops in NCAA history with 83 total touchdowns. No one needed a stopwatch to recognize his tremendous talent.
Yet the number that stood out most when Ball arrived for Wednesday's pro timing day inside the McLain Center had nothing to do with his on-field exploits for the Badgers: 4.66.
That represented Ball's 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 24. The mark was deemed not good enough to warrant Ball a spot as a first or second round tailback because it ranked 19th out of 33 running backs at the event.
On Wednesday 10 days after the Combine Ball had one more opportunity to showcase his speed in front of more than two-dozen NFL personnel. And by any measure, he knocked it out of the park.
Ball clocked in at 4.46 seconds on his first 40-yard dash attempt and 4.49 seconds on his se...