Patrick Mahomes: 'Mad Respect' for DK Metcalf After 2021 USATF Golden Games Race

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2021

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf warms-up before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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DK Metcalf is an incredible athlete. 

The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, at 6'4" and 235 pounds, participated in the 100-meter race at the USATF Golden Games on Sunday and posted an impressive time of 10.36 seconds: 

#TokyoOlympics @NBCOlympics

Great start for @Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf. He ended up finishing his 100m heat in 9th with a time of 10.36. @usatf // #JourneyToGold https://t.co/OSPrrMZFVe

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"To test my speed up against world class athletes like this... Like I said, just having the opportunity to run against these guys was just a blessing." @Seahawks wide receiver @dkm14 on the opportunity to race against elite track & field athletes. @usatf // #JourneyToGold https://t.co/Ob1Zr8g34s

While that wasn't fast enough to qualify him for the Olympic trials in June—he finished ninth in his heat and didn't crack 10.05, which would have automatically qualified him for the trials—he nonetheless impressed with his effort, catching the eye of superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes:

Patrick Mahomes II @PatrickMahomes

10.36 is crazy tho at that size!! Mad respect! @dkm14

Still, there's fast and then there's track fast. Metcalf learned about the latter Sunday. 

"These are world-class athletes, they do this for a living," he said on the NBC broadcast after his race. "It's very different from football speed, from what I just realized."