They look Photoshopped. That’s not to say the photos that make occasional social media rounds of Nick Chubb competing in high school track meets are actually altered in any way. It’s just that the current Browns star running back dwarfs all those around him to such a large extent.
Here, have a look at some of the pictures:
The Athletic confirmed in 2019 that those photos of Chubb are indeed real, and that they were taken at the 2014 Georgia state track meet. Chubb reportedly told his Browns teammates that in the race after he jumped way off the ground in preparation, he only took “fifth or sixth.”
“That picture is definitely a keeper,” Cleveland wide receiver Damion Ratley told The Athletic in 2019. “That’s one of my best friends, man. I mess with him. I tell him ‘You don’t have those hops. That must have been a weird angle.’ All I can say is Chubb grew up running and lifting logs and stuff. What else are you gonna do down in Cedartown, Georgia? That’s how he became so big and fast.”
Chubb attended Cedertown High School in Georgia prior to his days starring for the Georgia Bulldogs, and he was both a football player and track athlete for his high school, also known as the Bulldogs. Chubb competed both in sprints and in multiple field events, including the long jump and shot put.
In 2014, Chubb set a school-record in the 100-meter dash (10.69 seconds) to finish second in his section, and he also finished second in the section in the 200-meter dash (21.83 seconds). Chubb won the state title in the shot put that year with a throw of 16.77 meters (55 feet).
Looking at the photos above, it actually makes some sense that Chubb was such a good shot-putter. Even in high school, he had an NFL-type body in terms of strength (which has Chubb ranked fifth in broken tackles in the NFL through Week 13 in 2020).
Chubb was also a dominant high school football player thanks to his incredible physique. As a junior, he led the state of Georgia in rushing with 2,721 yards and 38 touchdowns. He was even better as a senior, putting up 2,690 yards and 41 touchdowns. Chubb finished his high school football career with 6,983 rushing yards and 102 rushing TDs. That made him a four-star recruit, and he stayed home by attending the University of Georgia.
These days, Chubb’s actions on NFL fields don’t quite look technologically altered, but they’re still pretty darn impressive. He often runs away from defenders or stiff-arms them out of his way, something very easy to believe when you glance at those pictures from his high school days.