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Thursday, September 19, 2019

John Ross: Record 40 time ‘doesn’t matter to me’

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John Ross made waves at last year’s NFL Combine with his record 40-yard dash time, but a year later, the notoriety doesn’t mean that much to him.

The Cincinnati Bengals receiver ran a 4.22 in Indianapolis, becoming an overnight sensation. After a poor rookie season, though, that run is little more than a distant memory. Ultimately, he doesn’t dwell on it — he’s proud to have it, but he won’t be sorry if someone breaks it.

“At this point, it doesn’t matter to me,” Ross said, via Geoff Hobson of the Bengals’ official website. “It’s not like I’m getting any royalties from it. Records are meant to be broken. If it happens it happens. There’s nothing I can do about it.”

Ross wants to put up an excellent sophomore season so he’s known for more than a 40 time.

“At the end of the day, it really doesn’t mean that much to me,” Ross added. “I’d rather be playing than recognized for running.

“I try not to dwell on it. I feel like football is more important to me. I try not to think about it. My name is surfacing again because of the combine. I haven’t really thought about it too much until now.”

As great as Ross’s Combine was, his rookie season did not go well at all. That’s what he’s focused on fixing, and rightly so.

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