Welcome to the NFL, Robert Gill.

A 29-year-old rookie on the Arizona Cardinals, Gill has bounced around various semi-pro teams across the country over the past few years. At one point he was even clocked as running a 4.19 40-yard-dash. Danton Barto, currently a scout with the St. Louis Rams, said the only other player he'd seen with speed like Gill's was Deion Sanders.

“The one thing you can’t teach is speed. And his speed was …" Barto told the Cardinals website, "you don’t see too many guys in your life as fast as Robert is."

NFL fans may get to see Gill show off his wheels in a few months, but in the meantime the 5-foot-10 Gill provided a preview of his speed in a video that has quickly gone viral. In the clip below, Gill hopes on a treadmill and runs for a few seconds at 25 miles per hour. That's right, he goes straight from 0 mph to 25 mph.

For comparison, Usain Bolt is said to have hit top speeds of around 28 mph.

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One year removed from the 2012 London Olympics, many people have started looking ahead to the 2016 Rio games.

And while there's a lot to be excited for when it comes to Team USA, the one question on everyone's mind concerns an athlete who says he won't be competing.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, officially retired after the London Games. But at least one of his competitors thinks he'll soon be back in the pool.

Ryan Lochte, he of the partying and the reality show, told USA Today that he thinks Phelps' return is imminent.

"I think we all know by now that he's coming back," Lochte said of Phelps. "I don't think it's really a surprise. It's just a matter of when is he going to get back in the full swing of training."

Lochte is in Indianapolis for the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships. Phelps is absent from the meet for the first time since 1999.

Phelps recently posted a photo of him in the pool with his longtime trainer, Bob Bowman, leading some to believe that he is preparing for a comeback. But Bowman told the New York Times that Phelps has taken to the pool to lose some weight.

Could getting back in the water stoke Phelps' competitive spirit? Perhaps, but despite what Lochte says, the only person who truly knows wether Phelps is returning is the man himself.

“I don’t discount anything,” Bowman told the New York Times of a possible comeback for his star pupil. “I'll believe it when I see it. Physically, I think he could. But I just haven’t seen any indication that he is interested."

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A New Zealand hip hop crew is giving "throwback" a whole new meaning.

The group, called "Hip Op-eration," is composed of senior citizens who get down to contemporary beats. They call themselves the world's oldest hip-hop dance group, and there's little reason to doubt that claim. Several of the members are in their 80s and 90s, and one woman, 96-year-old Violet Hollis (aka Granny V), is in a wheelchair.

Hip Op-eration is a phenomenon Down Under after performing in the National Hip Hop Championships and auditioning for "New Zealand's Got Talent." In August they'll be taking their talents to Las Vegas for the World Hip Hop Dance Championships.

"I have had a triple bypass and there are lots of people here with hip and knee operations," 80-year-old Brenda Long, aka BB Rizzell, told Rebecca Howard of the Wall Street Journal. "We're the spare-parts team."

Billie Jordan, the crew's manager, moved to Waiheke Island after an earthquake struck her hometown of Christchurch in southern New Zealand. She explained to the Wall Street Journal that her job hasn't always been easy, but the old-timers are quick learners.

"The hardest to teach them was a move that involved grabbing on to their crotch—which they resisted doing for ages," Jordan said. "But now they grab their crotches without a second thought."

While the crew will certainly be making headlines when they compete in August, here's a sneak peek at what they have to offer:

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Just as we've seen LeBron James' game mature before our eyes, we've also witnessed the ebbs and flows of his commercial evolution as he has transformed from a teenage phenom to a global sensation.

As SportTech's Freddy Lopez discussed in a recent feature, James started out as the "Golden Child," portrayed as a sort of basketball savior in his commercials. As people became comfortable with James, he opened up and put his comedy chops on display.

And then there was "The Decision."

James' decision to leave Cleveland for Miami sparked this unforgettable "What should I do?" commercial. Simply put, it is one of the most popular and controversial athlete advertisements in recent years.

But as James evolved in Miami, from playing angry to playing happy, his commercials took a turn for the brighter. A Samsung spot which debuted at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season showed a lighter side of James, one that some people were unaccustomed to seeing. The ad, called "LeBron's Day," changed James' commercial trajectory.

“His existing sponsoring partners will have much greater latitude on how they use and position the LeBron brand again," Robert Boland, Academic Chair of Sport Management at New York University told AdAge, "kind of an image reboot rather than a true redemption."

And it's on that note that James' newest commercial was released by Beats by Dre. In the 30-second spot for PowerBeats, which has aired during the NBA Finals, James is shooting hoops while listening to music on his headphones. The popular and uplifting song "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons is playing in the background.

There's even a moment of levity , when the music stops midway through the commercial so James can accept a call from Dr. Dre himself.

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In all, the commercial is somewhat of an amalgamation of James' ad history. It combines his image as a basketball prodigy with the inspirational tone of the "LeBron's Day" ad. And for good measure, there's even a moment of comedy.

James has discussed the important role that music plays in his performance, and his partnership with Beats has come at the height of his career. The dedication inspired by and in connection with his music comes across well in this spot.

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Even though it's been three years since he was on an NFL roster, Clint Oldenburg still spends much of his time playing football. Virtually, that is.

A 6-foot-5, 300-pound former offensive tackle, Oldenburg starred at Colorado State before being drafted by the New England Patriots in 2007. Over the next few years he bounced around between the Patriots, Jets, Rams, Broncos, Vikings and Redskins before spending a few years in the Canadian Football League.

Shortly after getting released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Oldenburg joined EA Sports as a game play designer for the most popular football game in existence, Madden NFL. He is the first NFL veteran to work on the game.

ThePostGame caught up with Oldenburg recently at the E3 convention in Los Angeles to discuss his role on the game and what fans have to look forward to.

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ThePostGame recently caught up with NBA All-Star Roy Hibbert. The Indiana Pacers star was at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles testing out Call of Duty: Ghosts.


ThePostGame: You said it’s been a dream of yours to make it to E3. How has it lived up to expectations?
ROY HIBBERT: It's been great. Just walking around, interacting with people. And it's actually refreshing because I'm an NBA player, so most of the time when I go anywhere, people want to say this, that and the other.

But when I’m here, the most popular people in the room are the developers. It's nice that I can just be a fan and enjoy this.

TPG: Are you a big video game player? If so, which are your favorites?
I’m not going to lie, I only play Call of Duty. It's not because they brought me out here, when I go home, me and my boy play COD all the time.

TPG: Are there any other guys on the Pacers who are into Call of Duty?
HIBBERT: Jeff Pendergraph and Paul George are probably the two other guys that play a lot.

TPG: Who's the best?
HIBBERT: Pendergraph is pretty good. I like just playing the game to see how I do. To go out there and put all my worries away and get immersed in the game.

TPG: You recently started a viral sensation, the Roy Hibbert Challenge. What do you remember from the initial Gatorade chug in Game 7 against the Heat?
HIBBERT: I just remember it was a quick timeout and I needed to get as much fluids into me as possible. I just did the challenge today on ESPN. I did it in four seconds. It wasn’t my best work, but it was pretty good.

TPG: Was that out of the ordinary for you?
HIBBERT: It’s ordinary, but it was the first time it got caught on camera. I watched it and I was like "Oh, man, they're about to kill me on this."

TPG: Did you have any idea it would blow up like it did?
HIBBERT: I didn’t think it would blow up, but when you get handed lemons, you’ve got to make lemonade. So I just challenged other people to do it. And social media is great because Vine is out, it’s the new big thing. I jumped on the bandwagon.

TPG: What's the best or funniest Roy Hibbert Challenge that you've seen?
HIBBERT: I saw somebody pour it all on their head in like two seconds. That was probably the funniest one.

TPG: You’ve played for the Jamaican National Team in the past but have also expressed interest in playing for the United States. Going forward, do you know which country you’ll represent?
HIBBERT: I played for team USA back when I was younger, in college, 21 and under. If they asked me to play for Team USA, I’d probably do that again.

But obviously, my dad’s from Jamaica and that team is great. But I think I need to focus on other stuff now.


Hibbert answered a series of quick, get-to-know-you questions. Watch the video below to hear about his ideal date night, his celebrity crush and his favorite food:

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Millions of children worldwide grow up watching basketball and dreaming of some day being able to throw it down on a 10-foot hoop. Most will never realize this dream. They watch the NBA Dunk Contest every year with a mixture of envy and awe, hollering at every monster slam while cursing their Lilliputian genetics that they see as the root of being vertically challenged.

But there is hope in the form of trainer Brandon Todd, a former college basketball player who has developed a system specialized in getting you off the ground and above the rim.

Did we mention that Todd is 5-foot-5?

Todd calls his system "FlytRight," and he guarantees that it will lead to a 14-inch increase (at least) in the user's vertical leap upon completion. Need some proof? Look no further than Todd himself. The vertical expert started dunking at the age of 13 when he was just only 5-2, and he played against LeBron James in high school. To offer some perspective:

Nate Robinson
Height: 5-9
Vertical: 43.5 inches

Spud Webb
Height: 5-7
Vertical: 42 inches

Brandon Todd
Height: 5-5
Vertical: 44 inches

Average Adult Man
Height: 5-9
Vertical: 19.7 inches

As a self-appointed representative of the Vertically Challenged Men of America, I decided to catch up with Mr. Todd ask him the question that's on everyone's mind: What kind of steroids are you on and where can I get some?

Todd, who scored more than 1,000 points at Muskingum College in Ohio, assured us that there is no magic juice to make us average folk jump higher, but there is the potential to improve.

"The only secret to dunking," Todd says, "is having a platform that is guided to jumping higher, becoming stronger and faster, following it to the maximum intensity, and giving yourself about six to eight months."

If you're willing to put in the necessary time and effort, Todd says he guarantees results. The complete FlytRight regimen is available online, along with personalized training advice from Todd himself, for $19.99 a month while a condensed, user-friendly version of the system, minus Todd's training expertise, is available in as an app on the iTunes Store for $15.99.

Todd says the story behind these training methods stems from his own teenage obsession with jumping higher.

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