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Could Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr. still be competitive in Olympic track?

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (19), a former track athlete, says he gets nostalgic for his track days when he watches the Olympics. But could he compete?
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (19), a former track athlete, says he gets nostalgic for his track days when he watches the Olympics. But could he compete? dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Three questions with Carolina Panthers WR Ted Ginn:

Q. You had an impressive track career when you were younger. Do you ever think “what if,” especially during the Olympics?

A. Oh, yeah. My Nike deal would be great. Just watching it on TV right now, I kind of get goosebumps during certain races, like the 4x4, the 400, the 200, the 110s (hurdles). A lot of those guys, we raced in high school. Just to see them go in their field and I’m still going in my field, it helps me out a lot.

Q. What’s up with the multicolored backpack?

A. I got a little boutique out in Tennessee, I’ve been dealing with them since I came (into) the league. They send me different pictures of different things. I saw the backpack and (the price) wasn’t high, like a Louis or a Gucci or a Fendi or anything like that. It was 85 bucks and I love it. I’m looking to get more.

Q. If you took a little bit of time to train for it, could you hang with those sprinters in Rio?

A. No. (Laughter) But I think if I trained two or three months on the hurdles, I could run them. But as far as training 100, 200, 400, I’m kind of out of the picture on that right now.

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