WASHINGTON — He may be consumed with making the Washington Redskins 53-man roster, but when practice, film study and playbook reading is done for the day, you better believe David Bruton Jr. will be tuning in for the Olympics.
Fortunately, he’ll only need to tune in for a matter of seconds.
Bruton Jr. is third cousins with American superstar spring Tyson Gay, who represents the United States in the 4×100 meter sprint. He used his Instagram account to wish his speedy relative luck on Friday:
Gay is an Olympics mainstay, having helped capture silver for the Americans in 2012. Unfortunately, a positive drug test after the games cost the United States its medals and saw Gay banned for a year. Since then, he has battled injury and still remains one of the fastest men in the world.
Now he has a second, and likely final chance on his mind. His 9.69 seconds in the 100-meter dash is still the second-fastest time in world history, behind only Usain Bolt.
For Redskins unfamiliar with the seven-year veteran, Bruton Jr. is no slouch himself, registering pre-draft 40-yard dash times of 4.35 and 4.39. The remarkable thing for that speed is that Bruton Jr. measures 6-2, 225 pounds.
With stiff competition in Rio de Janeiro and Richmond, this figures to be a pivotal and potentially very happy month for the Bruton-Gay family.