Viral video: Bombers’ Lucky Whitehead pulls semi-truck

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Lucky Whitehead recently put his explosive power into another gear.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ play-maker has been creative while making it through the coronavirus pandemic. Whitehead strapped himself to an 18-wheeler and took it for a ride.

The average weight of a semi-truck is approximately 35,000 pounds and Whitehead was able to put it in motion. Major media outlets on both sides of the border — including ESPN — have picked up the video and it’s over 200,000-plus views.

The 27-year-old has an impressive burst — which was displayed during the truck pull — and speed (he’s been clocked at 4.29 in the 40-yard sprint).

During his first CFL season, Whitehead used his wheels to catch 52 passes for 521 yards and two touchdowns to go along with nine carries for 92 yards and one major on offence. He returned 20 kick-offs for 596 yards, the longest a 104-yard touchdown.

Whitehead had nine catches for 64 yards through parts of three NFL seasons, all of which came with the Dallas Cowboys. He earned more than $1 million in the NFL, yet came to Winnipeg as a bargain.

The Bombers inked the five-foot-nine, 180-pounder for one year plus an option. His 2019 pay included $60,000 in base salary and $3,000 housing. In 2020, the pay bumps to $65,000 with $200 per game if he plays 51 per cent or more of the offensive snaps along with other all-star incentives.

Just based on the financials, Whitehead’s playing for the love of the game and perhaps one last opportunity to crack an NFL roster. If NFL personnel men had forgot about Whitehead, he’s certainly commanded attention by towing a truck around.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.