Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/26/12
The Olympics are nearly here and the entire world will be watching on the edge of their seat as the best athletes in the world compete for their countries.

What is also nearly here is the NFL season and the many questions it will bring this season. So I decided to combine them both and do a special article about which NFL players could compete in the Olympics today.

Here it is folks, your All-NFL Olympic team. 

Chris Johnson / 100M dash
After a down season Chris Johnson looks to solidify himself as a top flight running back once again in the NFL. But even after that down season Chris Johnson still is the fastest man in the NFL. Johnson ran a 4.24 40 yard dash at his combine in 2008. One of the fastest times ever in the 40 yard dash. It would be only fitting for Johnson to represent the NFL in this true test of speed.

Desean Jackson, Chris Johnson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Jacoby Ford / 4 x 100 M relay
All four of these players had subpar seasons this past season due to a variety of different factors. But there is no denying that they are indeed the definition of F-A-S-T. With this quartet the NFL would impress on the Olympic stage. Would a medal be out of the question?  I wouldn't bet against them.

Jerome Simpson / high jump
Who could forget Simpson's famous back-flip over 6-foot-2 Daryl Washington? The record for the high jump is 2.45 meters.  After calculating the conversion, Daryl Washington is 1.88 meters. Could you imagine Simpson not having to to do a back flip and doing it at a much different and productive angle like they do in this event? He could win gold.  And if they ever added an event for "back-flip high jump" Simpson would win in a landslide.

Calvin Johnson / triple jump
Megatron dominated his competition in the NFL last fall with a career season. I selected Johnson for our squad because of his tremendous leaping ability - the best in the NFL. Add that freakish jumping ability to a long-legged 6-foot-5 frame and would seem to be a ringer for this event. 

Aaron Rodgers / shot put
I was debating whether or not to put a lineman in this spot but I decided to go with the strongest throwing arm in the NFL. Rodgers is coming off possibly the best season of his career, and is quite arguably the best player in the entire league.  Give Rodgers a few months to get the technique down pat, and he could pose a real threat to all those Europeans that typically place well in this event.




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