Penn State safety Troy Apke left Deion Sanders at a loss for words on Monday, following the prospect’s performance in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.
Sanders, 50, who turned in his own legendary performance during the 1989 combine, watched Apke clock in at 4.35 in the event, prompting a stunned commentary with NFL Network host Rich Eisen.
“Oh, man, he can run,” said a surprised Sanders.
“Why are you surprised, Deion?” Eisen asked, to which Sanders replied, “You know why I’m surprised. I can’t say it on TV, but he can run run.”
Though Sanders didn’t elaborate on his reaction, it’s clear he was shocked because Apke is white.
Several NFL prospects put on a show during the 40-yard dash, including Apke’s Penn State teammate and projected first-round pick Saquon Barkley. One-handed linebacker Shaquem Griffin ran a 4.38, the fastest for a player in that position in over a decade.