We all knew that Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf was fast, but we didn’t realize just how crazy fast he really is until today.
There is little debate that DK Metcalf is one of the fastest and most explosive athletes in the NFL right now. And while we have seen his speed on the football field in full display, on Sunday we saw him take on an incredible new challenge. Metcalf attempted to qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in the 100-meter dash.
As a star track sprinter in high school, Metcalf was part of a 4×100-meter relay team that posted a time of 41.51 seconds. That is still a Mississippi state record. And as if that wasn’t impressive enough by itself, the world-class athlete also finished second in the 5A state championship in both the 110-meter hurdles and the triple jump.
But he has obviously been busy with football since then. However, he didn’t let his lack of training on the track and field stop him from a shot at the Olympics.
Former NFL player Emmanuel Acho was on hand on Sunday to see Metcalf test himself against the fastest sprinters in the United States. He posted a clip of the race on Twitter.
“DK Metcalf officially finishes in 9th Place of his heat, with a time of 10.37!” Acho wrote alongside the clip. “Incredible race for a 6’3 235-pound @NFL receiver!!!”
“I walked up to DK and said, ‘Ay bro, what you even decide to do this for?'” Acho asked. He said that Metcalf responded with, “‘Myself, everybody else is scared to do it.’ *mic drop*”
“Just a different way to test my body,” Metcalf explained. “To test myself against different athletes, besides just doing football training all day.”
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DK Metcalf could have easily embarrassed himself by trying to race against Olympic-caliber sprinters. So, the man deserves nothing but credit for staying neck and neck. Sunday’s race was something that NFL fans have been wanting to see for a long time.
And it seems like other stars from around the league took notice. Even Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes gave Metcalf a shoutout on Twitter.
“10.36 is crazy tho at that size!! Mad respect! @dkm14”
Part of the hype stems all the way back from last season. That’s when DK Metcalf became an internet sensation after sprinting more than 100 yards to chase down Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker for what looked like an easy pick-six.
After that play went viral, talks of Metcalf testing himself against some of the country’s best sprinters began to ramp up.
“DK’s agent told us that he really wants to try to make the Olympics and asked what steps he needs to take,” USA Track and Field Managing Director of Events Adam Schmenk said. “We walked him through what the auto qualifying time was that he would have to run in a sanctioned USATF event. And we told him that we would help him find a lane if and when he wanted to do this.”
Despite finishing 15th out of 18 and not making the finals, DK Metcalf still ran a 10.37 100-meter dash. That was just 0.26 seconds off of the leader, American Isiah Young.