Deion Sanders lets you guess why he's stunned at Penn State safety's speed

Deion Sanders, who ran perhaps the most famous 40-yard dash in NFL scouting combine history, was really excited about Penn State safety Troy Apke’s 40.

Why would Sanders be so surprised? Here’s Apke …

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Hmmm. Here was Deion’s reaction when Apke ran an impressive 4.35-second 40:

“Oh man, he can run,” Sanders said, stopping the conversation he was having with NFL Network analysts Mike Mayock and Rich Eisen.

“Why are you surprised Deion?” Mayock joked.

“You know why I’m surprised. I can’t say it on TV. But he can run run,” Sanders said.

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Yes, that’s (presumably) a joke about Apke being white and running fast.

“You don’t see that much. Let’s call it what it is,” Sanders said.

Sanders then went up to Apke, gave him a hug and asked him how he said his last name before butchering a guess.

Apke is turning heads with his combine workout (including a 41-inch vertical leap), but he comes from an athletic family. Apke’s mother was a track athlete at the University of Pitt, and his father was a linebacker for the Panthers. Apke was a track standout in high school. He won the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League 100-meter title as a senior with a time of 10.81 seconds.

There was a buzz about Apke for his combine workout. But nobody was more surprised than Sanders.

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Frank Schwabis a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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