He might be the showman of Athletics and the sport may need him more than he needs the sport. Being the undisputed king on the track, it might be tough for someone to think Usain Bolt anywhere else other than the 100M or 200M track.
Being the explorer he is, Usain Bolt has revealed that he is seriously thinking of becoming a professional footballer in England, if he is quits athletics by 2016. He has already announced that the Rio Olympics is going to be his last.
In his autobiography ‘Faster than Lightning’ he shed more light on his first ever sport – cricket. Coming from the cricket crazy Caribbean, it was natural that the Jamaican was introduced to cricket early.
"In cricket, when I bowled, I could come down on the wicket hard, with speed and I was quick in the field.... At the age of eight, I was taking wickets of cricketers a lot older than me, guys that were 10 or 11 years old... it wasn't long before I had opened the batting for Waldensia (his village school) a couple of years earlier than most kids even made the team", says Bolt.
Bolt acknowledges track and field was not something that had interested him before.
"My dad Wellesley was a cricket nut, and so were all my friends. Naturally, it's all we talked about. Nobody ever conversed about the 100 metres or the long jump at school.... All the fun I needed came from taking wickets. Running quick was just a handy tool for taking down batsmen, like my height and strength.”
Bolt was so drawn to cricket that his only problem with going to William Knibb High School "was that the school didn't want me to play cricket any more, not seriously any way."
"I was 11 years old and I was hoping to go Physical Education lessons, pick up my pads and bat and continue with my dream of becoming a Test sensation," says the sprinter reminiscing his school days.
It was at that point of his life that his Physical Education teacher in school that motivated him away from cricket and into track and field.
"Bolt, if you do well in track and field, It's on you and no one else. In cricket, there are other people involved because it's a team sport.... You could play well, better than anyone else, but if the coach has a favourite, then you might not get picked. That happens quite a lot in life and it's unfair. But in track and field, you are the boss of yourself,” the teacher told Bolt.
"When I finish with track and field, I'll change sports and move on. If I can't race at the top level by 2016, then I want to turn my hand to another game, football, most probably, because I can play and with enough effort I can get better, says Bolt, avowed Manchester United fan.
Three years ago when he was driving his car with great speed on a highway in Jamaica in a bid to catch up with his favourite club Manchester United's match in the Champions League semifinal on TV and met with an accident.