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Elijah Holyfield did not improve 40 time at pro day.

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44 minutes ago, Knight of God said:

No!

Yes!!

Honestly, I don’t think a back has had s successful career running a 4.9.  Here is hoping he is the first, cause I like the young man. And having daddy in the stands would quiet visiting Saints fans

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56 minutes ago, Knight of God said:

No!

This is what I love about Holyfield:

 

 

ATLANTA -- Tamie Pettaway was snapping a photo of a T-Mobile billboard in Chicago, featuring Evander Holyfield Jr., when her phone flipped from camera mode to ring mode. Incoming: a call from Flat Rock Middle School back in Tyrone, Georgia, where her eighth-grade son, Elijah Holyfield, in his first year in a public school, had just been attacked in the boys bathroom by three classmates. 

The power in the name reverberated from both the ad and the call, simultaneously demonstrating why being a Holyfield can be great at times, and difficult at others. 

Elijah is the eighth of boxing legend Evander Holyfield's 11 children, and at just 21 years old, he's done a lot to establish his own name, his own identity, his own path. Yet even as a 1,000-yard rusher at the University of Georgia last year, even as a 2019 NFL Draft prospect, he's still chipping away at the public's penchant for identifying him not as Elijah or for what he's become, but as "Evander's son," for who his father was in the ring. 

When you're the only fighter in boxing history to be the undisputed world champion in two different weight classes, fame is evergreen. When you're that fighter's son, the notoriety can come from unexpected or awkward angles, creating a spectrum of recognition that can be unwanted or disrespectful in one situation, and genuine admiration in another. A different kid, cornered in a school bathroom by three older boys who told him they were going to "do you like Tyson did your dad," might've grown to resent it. 

Elijah hasn't.

A different kid, growing up around crass whispers that his achievements rode the privilege of his father's broad shoulders, might've forsaken independence and ambition to see just how far a father's legacy can carry a son.

Elijah didn't.

"I told Elijah years ago," Pettaway said, 'Now people are saying you're Evander's son. It won't be long before they'll be saying, 'There's Elijah's dad.' "

* * * * *

 

ELIJAH HAD THE SAME INSTINCT to flee a 3-on-1 attack that anyone else would have. He also had an instinct, even in a frightening, adrenalin-filled moment, to consider two possible outcomes. Word of the fight would spread all over the school, and that word would either end this bullying for good or invite the same thing to happen again. 

"If you run out and tell a teacher, you're looked at a certain way," Elijah said. "Evander Holyfield's son ran away from a fight? No, that can't happen. You've got to stand your ground. It was a lose-lose situation." 

If Elijah's assailants had known they'd cornered a two-time taekwondo champion and a well-trained young boxer, maybe they'd have thought twice. Or maybe, with a 3-to-1 numbers advantage, they'd have been undeterred. They only knew the last name, and that they wanted a piece of it. 

They got it. 

When Evander arrived at the school to pick up his son -- school policy mandated that all four be sent home because punches went both ways -- Elijah's face didn't have a mark on it. The instigators, on the other hand, had absorbed all the punishment.

"Everybody in school used to wonder what Elijah was all about, what he was made of, so you kind of knew something like that would happen sooner or later," said Duke safety Javon Jackson, one of Elijah's closest childhood friends. "But afterward, nobody messed with him." 

Tamie wanted her son to be disciplined at home, because she was concerned Elijah would be the one saddled with a bad reputation. Elijah rightly considered how the champ's son would look by fleeing the bullies; Tamie rightly considered how the champ's son would look by flattening them. 

But the principal had told Evander that witnesses confirmed Elijah's story of self-defense, and Evander felt the circumstances rendered Elijah blameless. When Tamie called from Chicago as the champ and his son drove home, expecting to participate in a stern talking-to via speakerphone, she heard the two singing in the car. 

"I got a get-out-of-jail-free card on that one," Elijah said.

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5 minutes ago, FalconFanSince1969 said:

8 pages over a guy that is tj Duckett at best? 

Hey now...Teej ran a 4.37 do not talk ill of my dude!  :lol:

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2 hours ago, Falconsin2012 said:

Not fat...dude has none.  But maybe drop 7-8 pounds of muscle.  He ran 10.9 in the 100 meters in high school.  Where the heck did the speed go

He may still be able to run that. We are judging his 40. Justin Gatlin ran a 4.4. How many of the NFL sub 4.4 guys can beat him in the 100?

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9 hours ago, runshoot said:

maybe the UGA homers will stop with the love for this kid. No thank you

You can say that again. NFL network has made everyone an expert. Does the guy have great bloodlines, yes. Doesn't mean he is a big time NFL athlete in every sense of the term. Congrats on the season at Georgia, but it's not like we haven't seen this before. 

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7 hours ago, athell said:

They also always fail to identify what he did to get them TO the SB and what he did IN the SB (except for the missed block...like the Jake holding penalty...)but ya know...narratives.

You know that I've been hard on Freeman for his missed block on Dont'a Hightower, I mean who isn't, but ONE bad play, even if it's an unforgivable one, doesn't determine who the player is overall. Freeman has done way more good for the Falcons than bad and it's not even close. Freeman had back to back 1000 yard rushing seasons in 2015 and 2016, so he earned his money in 2017 even tho I thought it was a bit too high, but we didn't know he was gonna be hurt like this the past 2 seasons. I'll admit that I gave up on Freeman for a little bit (post-injury) but after he was injured throughout 2018 and saw how Coleman couldn't really carry the load, I appreciated Freeman a lot more and how much we missed him. 

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1 minute ago, mqg96 said:

You know that I've been hard on Freeman for his missed block on Dont'a Hightower, I mean who isn't, but ONE bad play, even if it's an unforgivable one, doesn't determine who the player is overall. Freeman has done way more good for the Falcons than bad and it's not even close. Freeman had back to back 1000 yard rushing seasons in 2015 and 2016, so he earned his money in 2017 even tho I thought it was a bit too high, but we didn't know he was gonna be hurt like this the past 2 seasons. I'll admit that I gave up on Freeman for a little bit (post-injury) but after he was injured throughout 2018 and saw how Coleman couldn't really carry the load, I appreciated Freeman a lot more and how much we missed him. 

Yes sir!  Wish I could like this more than once!

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11 hours ago, metatron360 said:

Elijah isn't your speed player but he can block and his avg in the NFL will be 5.5 to 6 ypc with a high after contact. 

Turner the burner wasn't blowing down the field either but watching him was alot of fun

Yeah but coming out of college Michael Turner ran a 4.49 weighing 237 lbs.  I do agree though,  if utilized correctly he will consistently abuse tacklers after contract. 

Edited by Em_Jae20

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I could see taking him with our 6th or maybe 7th and turn him into Snelling 2.0 if he gained what...10 pounds playing weight? :shrug: 

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Folks have to remember one major thing about Holyfield.  Evander and thus Elijah are NOT big men.  They are more gym muscle fat than natural size.  My point is they both have worked to become better than their natural sizes would have allowed them to be.  I don't think its steriods either.  Give the guy credit for making it this far.  Even if he gets a chance as a undrafted free agent thats further than a lot of guys have made it in football...

 

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21 hours ago, Falconsin2012 said:

They should run the 40 in pads and helmet.  

I agree fully. 

People think strength and explosion doesn't matter ( apparently in the 40 at least) when wearing full gear and cleats... it does. 

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I'm sure he'll get a chance somewhere based on his college production.  But a 4.8-4.9 speed means he will almost never break more than a 15 yard run in the NFL.  Literally every defender on the field is as fast or faster, and they're big guys too.

There's a lot more to running back than straight line speed, but when you're posting the same time as an athletic DT that's a problem!

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On 3/20/2019 at 0:24 PM, runshoot said:

maybe the UGA homers will stop with the love for this kid. No thank you

number 1 RB runs 4.6 so whats up? Wate what Alabama RB is better than that there is not but 1 and he was a bust!

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4 hours ago, Falconsin2012 said:

Ran a 4.5 at his Pro Day

With our fans mindset, we wouldn't want emmitt Smith either. Too slow.

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12 minutes ago, Nereek said:

With our fans mindset, we wouldn't want emmitt Smith either. Too slow.

Emmitt Smith without the greatest o line in history of the NFL is a JAG

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