How Kevin Hart Ended Up In A Wheelchair After Challenging Ex-NFL Player In 40-Yd Dash

Kevin Hart after finishing the TCS New York City Marathon in 2017.

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Kevin Hart challenged former NFL running back Stevan Ridley to a 40-yard dash competition. The end result was not only a loss, but a pretty significant injury.

The comedian ended up in a wheelchair following the race, which he spoke about in a video posted to social media on Wednesday night. Celebrities and fans have been quick to offer their hilarious responses to his failed attempt in the comments section.

Hart posted the clip to his Instagram account this week, admitting that he has to be “the dumbest man alive” in the caption.

“Welp… Ladies and Gentlemen, the age of 40 is real,” Hart said. “Respect that age. Or that age will make you respect it… This is just a PSA because I know people may see me out, and I don’t want you to be alarmed, but I’m in a wheelchair.”

It only got worse (or funnier) from there.

“Why? I tried to jump out there and do some young stuff,” the comedian continued. “I tried to go out there and do some young man stuff and I was told to sit my a– down… Me and Stevan [Ridley] got into a little debate. This debate was based off who was faster. Those that know me, know I’m pretty fast. Stevan said, ‘Kev, no way you’re going to beat me.’

“I said Steve, you can bet it. He said, ‘Bet…’ We get out there and we go run the 40-yard dash. Guys, I blew all my s—. Tore my lower abdomen, my abductors… I can’t walk. Sit my a– down. This is 44.”


Friends and followers were quick to comment on the clip as they offered their reactions below the post.

Will Smith wrote, “Getting older is REAL!! Heal Up, Kev!!”

Terrell Owens said, “That should’ve NEVER happened!”

Judd Apatow hilariously posted, “Maybe the Gucci Adidas slowed you down.”

Wanda Sykes gave forewarning, saying, “If 44 is kicking your a–, wait til you hit 55…”

Unfortunately, we don’t have footage of the race, itself.

Hart isn’t an unfit person. As he noted in his video, he says he’s a pretty fast guy, though obviously not ‘former NFL player’ fast, having previously run in the New York City marathon.

Ridley, though, is an ex-pro footballer that played running back for the Patriots, Jets, Falcons, and Steelers. He totaled more than 3,100 rushing yards and scored 24 touchdowns on the ground throughout his eight-year career.

Ridley’s best output came in Year 2 with New England where he ran for nearly 1,300 yards and found the endzone 12 times.

Despite his being retired since 2018, Kevin Hart was unable to keep pace with Ridley in that 40-yard dash competition, and he paid for it.

“I’ve got to be the stupidest man alive.” Lesson learned.