Matt Giordano: NFL's Fastest Man?
But watching the highlight again this morning, I was reminded that a curious thing happened at the end of the return: Colts safety Matt Giordano almost caught Hester from behind. Over the last 50 yards or so of Hester's return, Giordano gained nearly 10 yards on him. Given that Hester has been outrunning people all season, this raises a question: Who is Matt Giordano, and is he the NFL's fastest man?
Coming out of Cal in 2005, Giordano was clocked in the 4.5 range in the 40-yard dash, which is fast but not extraordinary for a defensive back. But I'm more interested in a player's speed on the field than on the track, and on the field, Giordano is really, really fast. It wasn't just that kickoff return; he also made some big plays on defense, including closing in a hurry to knock a pass out of Desmond Clark's hands on a fourth-and-9 in the fourth quarter, which pretty much sealed the win for the Colts.
Giordano isn't a great player, and he'll never be a household name. But when you watch the highlights today, ask yourself: When was the last time you saw someone gain ground on Devin Hester?