It’s not trash talking if you back it up.
Former Tennessee safety Brian Randolph did just that on Wednesday during the Vols’ Pro Day. Less than 24 hours after telling a handful of reporters — and anyone who would listen, Randolph showed he is every bit as fast and as strong as he said he was.
On Tuesday, Randolph said he’d post a 4.4-second time in the 40-yard dash and bench press 225 pounds at least 30 times. On Wednesday, he ran 4.40 and 4.47 times in the 40-yard dash and handled the bench press 31 times as scouts from approximately 26 NFL teams watched.
“I told you 4.4,” he said. “I told you 30 reps.”
Randolph said he was told he would run a 4.7-second time in the 40-yard dash before Wednesday, but declined to mention who told him that. While that may have just a method of motivation concocted by his agent, it worked out.
“I never ran a 4.7 in fifth grade,” Randolph said.
Randolph’s confidence was overflowing. He said he never felt any pressure to perform in front of the crowd assembled in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center.
“I didn’t have any pressure,” Randolph said with a smile. “I was supposed to run a 4.7. I don’t think it can get any worse than that. I probably could have backpedaled a 4.7. There was no pressure. It was just fun.”
Although he wasn’t sure of his shuttle times, Randolph said made sure to show off there as well.
“I definitely got good shuttle times,” Randolph said. “People were saying I was unathletic, so I wanted to prove them wrong in that too.”
Randolph also proved to be plenty strong. His 31 bench presses with 225 pounds was eye-opening.
“I was trying to get 37 for you (reporters) all, but I had to put it down,” Randolph said. “I didn’t want to get too tired. I had to run the 40(-yard dash). If that was all we were doing today, I would have gotten 37 for you all because that’s my number.”
Randolph was referring to his No. 37 jersey number. Then, he made reference to his hair. Clearly, the Marietta, Ga., native isn’t afraid of the spotlight. Randolph was even rumored to bench press 225 pounds for 28 repetitions when he was just a freshman.
“It wasn’t 28,” Randolph said of the rumor. “It was like 22. I’ve always been strong. I’ve been working out since I was a little kid. God blessed me with the strength of Sampson. That’s why I don’t cut my hair anymore.”
However, it wasn’t Randolph’s hair that he was most proud of on Wednesday. It was that 40-yard dash time. Randolph said he could never have been a starter in the SEC if he wasn’t fast.
“They wanted to see speed,” said Randolph, who started 47 games for the Vols. “I tried to tell them. I don’t know where they got the numbers from but it was a bunch of nonsense to be exact.”
Randolph said he’s heard some strong comparisons to other players when it comes to his game. At least one person compared him to former Pittsburgh Steelers great Troy Polamalu.
“I heard Troy Polamalu but I feel like I’m unique and one-of-a-kind,” Randolph said. “I don’t like to compare myself to anybody but there are some great ones out there. I’d like to be like (former Vol and current Kansas City Chief) Eric Berry one day, but I can’t compare myself to him.”
Randolph is known for his infectious personality. However, the player also known for his unique, belly-flop bowling style said he does more than just that.
“I’m a bowler,” Randolph said. “I’m a dancer. I’m a singer. I do it all.”
No one had any arguments after Randolph’s performance on Wednesday.