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John Ross accepts Billy Hamilton's challenge, kinda

Of course challenges were going to come for John Ross once he broke the NFL combine's 40-yard dash record. He may have just accepted one.

Who's faster, Billy Hamilton or John Ross? We may soon get a chance to find out. 

Yesterday, the Reds center fielder somewhat jokingly said he would race the Bengals rookie to see who is the fastest athlete in Cincinnati, and apparently Ross is open to the competition.

"It would be awesome to do that and we could probably work out something later," Ross said Friday. "Right now I'm just focused on being a Bengal. I don't know what the future holds, but if he wants to do something for the community later or for charity, that would be awesome. Right now I'm just focused on being a football player."

Ross broke Chris Johnson's 40-yard dash record at the NFL combine by running a 4.22 40-yard dash. Johnson had run a time of 4.24.

Hamilton is the all-time single-season minor league stolen base champion as he stole 155 bases in 132 games in 2012. Through 26 games this season with the Reds he has 16 steals.

"It's something I look forward to. I'm a competitor -- if something happens with him, it happens," Hamilton said. "We'll do it for a charity event. I'm willing to do it."

Now, the question becomes what are the perameters for the race? Is it in shorts on turf, or is it in cleats on grass?

Is it a 40-yard dash like the NFL players run or it is a 60-yard dash which all MLB players run prior to the draft?

So much could be done with this proposed race, and here's hoping something indeed happens with it.