I think we’re DEFINITELY losing people to other sports AND to inactivity in the States. I think the guys mentioned would probably be great track athletes. To think what Vick could have done in the decathlon is scary. We don’t even have to extrapolate performances though…think of the guys who actually WERE elite tracksters (at least part time) before they left for another sport:
Eric Metcalf, Terry Bradshaw, Willie Gault, Jon Ogden, Michael Bates, Rocket Ismaill, etc. There’s no other sport that loses as many elite athletes as track in the States does.
Chris Johnson – Rookie RB for the TN Titans ran 10.38 his speed transfers to the field so you can see why he went that way.
Think of what the US “could” do in weightlifting if someone like Barry Sanders or Warrick Dunn lifted as an 85. Or some of the backs and receivers as 95’s or 105’s. Not to mention the possible supers form Oline and Dline. And some of your smaller point guards in NBA as 77 or 85’s.
They go where the money is at and you can’t really blame them. Plus they like playstation.