Renaldo ("Skeets") Nehemiah (born March 24, 1959 in Newark, New
Jersey), is an American athlete who dominated the 110 m hurdle
event from 1978 until 1981. He was the world record holder and the
first man to run the high hurdles in under 13 seconds. He was
ranked number one in the world for four straight years.
Due to the U.S. boycott, he was unable to compete in the 1980
Olympic games, despite being the prohibitive favorite. In 1981 he
set his outdoor world record of 12.93 for the 110m hurdles. This
was the third time he had lowered the outdoor world record.
In 1982 Nehemiah worked out for several NFL teams, including the
Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers and ended up
signing with the 49ers in a blaze of publicity and high
expectations. During his three years as a wide receiver he caught
43 passes for 754 yards, a 17.5 average, and 4 touchdowns. Although
he was part of the Super Bowl winning team in the 1984 season, he
did not play a major role.