Greg Rutherford has stated that his brief training session with NFL star Tim Tebow will not benefit him as he prepares to take on the 'catch-a-million' challenge at Wembley, this Saturday.
Olympic gold medallist Rutherford partook in some throw and catch with quarterback Tebow as the British Olympians trained in Phoenix, Arizona, in January last year.
Tebow was training with Rutherford and others in an attempt to regain his own fitness and break back into the New York Jets setup. He ultimately failed in his attempt, and is currently out of the game.
"I did catch some balls with Tim but this will be different, my hands are ok, but catching a high ball is different to 'making the diamond' and claiming a catch," Rutherford told GiveMeSport at Wembley ahead of his challenge.
Rutherford is also aware that adverse weather conditions could hamper the charity challenge, as he prepares to try and win £1million for Sport Relief.
"First of all, the wind is strong. Its been a while since I’ve been this close to the pitch and there’s quite a bit of wind today. So that’s gonna move the ball around whilst it's up high in the air. Then there is 80,000 people as well, so that's another element to contend with!"
The challenge will see the long-jump specialist win £1,000 should he hold on to one ball, £10,000 if he holds two at once, and a massive £1million if he can hold all three at the same time.
And, he took time at the home of football to catch-up with one of England's rugby stars - BT Sport ambassador Owen Farrell - to discuss the best techniques to use when catching a high ball.
"Keep your eyes on the ball. In a game, people tend to take their eye off the ball at the last second to see what's coming, and that's how you drop. Just watch it all the way and you should be fine. It's easy," joked the Sarries fly-half, speaking to GiveMeSport after a training session at Wembley.
If only Rutherford had his confidence, as well as years of experience!
Greg Rutherford takes on the Catch-a-Million challenge for Sport Relief at half time during Saracens v Harlequins at Wembley on March 22nd. The match kicks off at 3:15pm and is exclusively live on BT Sport 1.
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