Track and field’s ultimate NFL team

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World 4x400m champion and 400m silver medallist Tony McQuay was a gifted football player at high school. The one-lap sprinter tells SPIKES which athletes he would pick for his winning track and field football team.

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Will Claye: “Our mates used to clap like it was a track meet”

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SPIKES speaks to Olympic long and triple jump medallist Will Claye about soccer, Moscow, having Christian Taylor as a frival, and the Rio 2016-sized chip on his shoulder.

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"I knew I was fast as a kid but in those days it was all about football"

Olympic 4x100m silver medallist and 100m fifth place finisher Ryan Bailey is a genuine (American) football fanatic who would love to still be playing the game.

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"I knew I was fast as a kid but back in those days it was all about football. I liked to hit and I liked to tackle and that’s why I liked the sport so much. It helped me get all of my aggression out.

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Athletics’ big thinker looks to rugby and cricket for inspiration

US 2004 Olympic shot put champion Adam Nelson is one of the sport’s great thinkers, and the vice president of the Track & Field Athletes Association. He believes the sport needs major structural reform.

“The problem with change is it usually means someone has to give up something – privacy, marketing rights, comfort – in order for the change to take place.  Allowing the media and fans greater access to the athletes during warm-up or in the call room requires the athletes to change the way they prepare.

"Opening the rules on athlete sponsorship requires a change in the dynamic between sponsors, agents, and athletes. New advances in drug testing are often accompanied by massive invasions of privacy. Changes to competitive rules usually require some acclimation. It doesn’t matter what you change, someone’s going to get frustrated with it.

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