(Photo: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)

By Sam Gordon 3/7/2017

“Under 4.3 [seconds], that’s what I plan to run”. A bold statement from former Washington State wide receiver John Ross. But he talked the talk and ran the run. Ross beat Chris Johnson’s 40-yard-dash by two milliseconds coming in at 4.22 seconds.

Johnson’s record was thought to be so untouchable, Adidas offered anyone who ran faster an island. Too bad for Ross, he was wearing Nike shoes when he broke the record that stood for seven years.

“I really can’t swim that well,” Ross said. “And I don’t have a boat, so, you know, I had to run in Nikes.” Ross recounted what happened before the run and what he was thinking as he got in position

“When I got there, everything kind of got quiet. I had so much adrenaline,” Ross told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “I was nervous right before I went, so I was up on my hands. Everything got quiet; I couldn’t hear anything. And I just took off. I held my breath … and it just went on from there.”

Ross was sidelined a couple of seasons ago and was very unsure about his future. But fast forwarding to today, and life is good. He signed with Nike now and he is grateful to the people who supported him.

“I’m just thankful beyond measure, blessed, and just really happy to be in this situation,” Ross told the NFL Network on Saturday. “Because two years ago, I was sitting on the couch for the whole season, torn ACL, and now to be in this position, I’m really thankful.”

To think, his life changed so dramatically in just 4.22 seconds.