The Tyreek Hill Connection
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With its long legs, and very slender body, the cheetah is quite different from all other cats and is the only member of its genus, Acinonyx. The cheetah’s unique morphology and physiology allow it to attain the extreme speeds for which it’s famous.
Uniquely adapted for speed, the cheetah is capable of reaching speeds greater than 110 kilometers per hour in just over three seconds. At top speed, their stride is seven meters long. The cheetah’s unique body structure: flexible spine, semi-retractable claws, long legs and tail allow it to achieve the unbelievable top speed of 110 km/hr. (70 mph). The cheetah’s body is narrow and lightweight, with long slender limbs. Specialized muscles allow for a greater swing to the limbs, increasing acceleration.|cheetah.org
Now hold on, I know what you’re thinking, and no, you didn’t accidentally type in Animalheadguys into the search engine and no this isn’t an edition of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. What we’re trying to find out here is exactly how did the nickname, Cheetah, originate ? So put on your khakis, dust off your safari hat, grab your binoculars and let’s get to it.
So after thorough research, and endless interviews, it seems the answer was there right in front of us the whole time. SPEED, pure and simple SPEED. Tyreek actually started the nickname himself, as Hill has always called himself “cheetah” and referred to his speed as “cheetah speed”. The nickname really caught on in 2018 when Hill got into a tit-for-tat with 49ers Matt Breida, who also went by Cheetah. Hill, at the time, tweeting “There’s only one Cheetah, and you can’t be a Cheetah running a 4.48, or whatever”.
So, we know the name goes back to at least his days at Alabama, and we know it revolves around one thing and one thing only, SPEED. So, how fast is fast ? In 2016 Hill ran a 4.29 second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, the fastest time of any participant in the 2016 combine. In 2020, week 14, Hill hit full on cheetah speed at 21.91mph. The fastest Hill has ever been recorded on the football field came on a 27-yard kickoff return at a speed of 23.24mph. Hill’s personal best in 100 yards is 9.98 seconds, where many athletes struggle to hit the 10 sec mark. So a perfect nickname for the fastest player to adorn a Chiefs logo …….