DK Metcalf did not run 100 meters fast enough on Sunday to reach the final on his professional track debut.
But the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver did better than some expected when an NFL player competed against some of the world’s best sprinters. With a official time of 10.37 secondsMetcalf finished last in the nine of his run and 15th in the 17 to compete in the Athletics Golden Games and Distance Open in Walnut, California.
“These are world-class athletes,” Metcalf subsequently said on NBC streaming service Peacock, who aired the event, when asked if he had learned anything from attending the event. “They do this for a living. It’s very different from the speed of football, from what I just realized. So, like I said, just excited to be out here.”
The American Isiah Young had the lowest time of the first two runs of the 100 meters with 09/10. The metcalf double beat was 10.38 (Derick Silva from Brazil) and 10.44 (American Maurice Eaddy).
Metcalf’s performance was praised on Twitter by fellow Seahawks Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Tyler Lockett and Quandre Diggs. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was also impressed.
– Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) May 9, 2021
10:36 is crazy for this size !! Crazy respect! @ dkm14
– Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) May 9, 2021
Former Olympic sprinter Ato Boldon said earlier on the broadcast that anything in the 10.6-10.7 range would be a good time for the 6-foot-4,229-pound Metcalf.
“He wasn’t embarrassed,” Boldon said of Metcalf. “He was hanging out with the pack. Yeah, I think he’s eighth. But he ran well. I didn’t think he’d run anywhere near that fountain.”
Before Sunday, Metcalf hadn’t ridden the track since high school when he was a stellar hurdler and long jumper and also competed in the 4 x 100-meter relay team at Oxford High School in Mississippi. He ran a 4.33-second, 40-yard shot at the 2019 Scouting Combine and hit a top speed of 22.64 mph while chasing the Arizona Cardinals’ budda baker to keep him from falling last October scored a defensive touchdown, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. That was the fourth fastest top speed for an NFL player in a single game last season.
A deferential and appreciative Metcalf said on the Peacock program that he wanted to test his speed “against world-class athletes like these”. He called the opportunity a blessing. When asked why he’s not afraid of the risk he might take when playing against professionals, Metcalf said, “Because I’m first a football player and an athlete and a man of God. So I just do things because I do want.” Do it.”
Metcalf made the Pro Bowl last season after catching 83 passes for a franchise record of 1,303 yards.
The day after his instant viral pursuit of Baker, US Athletics tweeted a light-hearted invitation for NFL players to test their speed “against real speed” in the Olympic Trials. Metcalf answered“See you there.” A few days later, Metcalf’s agent called Adam Schmenk from the USATF.
“DK’s agent told us that he really wanted to try to make the Olympics through and asked what steps he had to take,” said Schmenk said Yahoo Sports. “We took him through the auto qualifying period of competing in a USATF sanctioned event and told him we would help him find a lead if and when he wanted to.”
The frequently cited time Metcalf likely would have taken to qualify for Olympic exams was 10.2 or better. USATF lists 05/10 as an automatic qualification standard.
According to Yahoo Sports, Metcalf’s agent Schmenk called a second time the day after the Seahawks wildcard loss to the Los Angeles Rams in January to inform him that Metcalf was already focused on training for the 100 meters.
“This should encourage any fast-paced NFL player – Tyreek Hill, are you listening? – this should encourage any fast-paced NFL player, you’re not that far away. Some more training, maybe you can get into the conversation for the Olympics for them United States. Greatly run by DK, “Boldon said on the show.
Metcalf was asked in his post race interview on Peacock if his performance would convince him to do another run in qualifying for the Olympic team and possibly lose some weight during the NFL off-season to improve his pace.
“I have to go to the mini camp,” he said with a laugh. “Like I said, just excited.”