Why does the NFL treat the 40 yard dash as sacred?

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  1. Wolf

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    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/nfl/20050418-9999-1s18forty.html
     
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    That was a great read, thanks for that.

    Especially liked the part where they said that Bill Parcells clocked Mathis at 4.25 :)
     
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    Here's some Casserly thoughts on this subject:

    1. He said Mathis not only had one sub 4.3 time. He had three of them. He says that it is not unusual for a player to run one really quick time and a couple of slower ones, but for him to run 3 smoking times was pretty amazing.

    2. He says that, for example, there are a number of slowish wide receivers that have excelled in the NFL. The problem is in drafting--it is hard to pick that guy out in advance--to know which slow guy can play based on college play. So given a number of guys with the same skill sets based on tape, you would like the faster guy.
     
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    We've touched on this before in other threads on this subject, but its important to remember that most 40 times at the Indy Combine and the various individual college Pro Days are recorded with hand-held watches
    and not electronically as times at Track Meets have been taken for decades.
    The significance of the difference between the two methods is of course that hand-held times understate the true time, or make it appear faster than
    it really is since human reactions are slower than the mechanical/electronic
    equipment used in the other method.
     

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