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Article updated: 11/29/2013 4:31 PM

Hester's race against cheetah airs tonight

The Bears’ Devin Hester tries to get past Green Bay Packers’ Jarrett Bush on a punt return in the Nov. 4 game. Back in May, Hester raced a cheetah for a documentary.

The Bears' Devin Hester tries to get past Green Bay Packers' Jarrett Bush on a punt return in the Nov. 4 game. Back in May, Hester raced a cheetah for a documentary.

 

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TAMPA, Fla. -- National Geographic has pitted two of the fastest football players against cheetahs from Busch Gardens in Tampa to see who could cross the finish line first for a documentary.

"Man v. Cheetah" premieres today at 8 p.m. as a kickoff for the network's "Big Cat Week."

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The Tampa Bay Times reports the one-hour documentary was taped at Busch Gardens' Cheetah Run exhibit in early May. Two cheetahs, Jenna and Nave, compete against Chris Johnson, a running back for the Tennessee Titans, and Devin Hester, a wide receiver and kick returner for the Chicago Bears.

The network and park created a 220-foot-long course with a 10-foot-tall wall separating man from beast.

The filming was unscripted and done in a single take to avoid stress on the cheetahs -- and humans.

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