Cornerback Darrell Green of the Washington Redskins is still the National Football League's fastest man, but it took a photo finish for him to retain his title yesterday.
In the finals of the sixth annual DHL/NFL's Fastest Man Contest in Palm Desert, Calif., Green and Ron Brown of the Los Angeles Raiders were clocked in 6.17 seconds in a 60-yard race, but Green's chest was across the tape first in the photo finish.
Green, 31, has won the event all four years he's entered it -- 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991. Brown, who's now with the Los Angeles Raiders, won it the other two years.
Green won $25,000 for finishing first, and Brown earned $15,000 as the runner-up.
"People think I should be getting slower, but it's not happening," Green said. "I'm 31 years old and as fast as ever."
In the first two heats, Green beat Sam Graddy of the Raiders with a 6.19 clocking and ran the best time of the day (6.13) in beating Mel Gray of the Detroit Lions in his first heat.
In his last two races, Green beat two members of the 400-meter relay team that won the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics -- Graddy and Brown. The other two members of that team were Carl Lewis and Calvin Smith. Green didn't compete in the Olympics.
Brown beat Herschel Walker of the Minnesota Vikings with a 6.30 clocking and Anthony Miller of the San Diego Chargers with 6.25 time in his first two races.
In the other two races, Miller beat Tony Jones of the Housto Oilers and Graddy beat James Williams of the Buffalo Bills. The latter was decided in a photo finish.
E9 The competition will be televised by NBC on July 28.