Argos' Gill built for speed

Argonauts receiver Robert Gill battles for yards after the catch against the Alouettes' Chris Smith...

Argonauts receiver Robert Gill battles for yards after the catch against the Alouettes' Chris Smith during their game in Montreal earlier this month. (Reuters)

Frank Zicarelli, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:19 PM ET

Robert Gill is a YouTube sensation, his Usain Bolt-like sprint on a treadmill going viral.

The Argonauts wideout is shown being clocked at 40 km/h, his profile rising with every internet hit.

In the process, he has become something of a world-wide phenomenon, attracting interest from Asia, being asked to appear on daytime television in the U.S., and on several nightly sports shows.

Speed, it’s been said, kills. It’s a dimension that can’t be coached and, as far as Gill is concerned, it may infuse some life into an Argos offence that’s become predictable — boring by many standards — in the wake of injuries to the team’s top-four receiving targets, none of whom are expected to play Tuesday night when Winnipeg comes to town.

As well, rookie running back Anthony Coombs, who is a Winnipeg native, won’t be back for the rest of the season, his injured shoulder about to undergo surgery.

Enter Gill, who made his CFL debut in Montreal on Aug. 1.


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