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Seahawks' DK Metcalf: Running Track Is 'Very Different from Football Speed'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2021

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf warms up prior to an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Seattle Seahawks star DK Metcalf acknowledged playing in the NFL didn't fully prepare him for the speed he encountered Sunday in the 100-meter dash at the USA Track and Field Golden Games and Distance Open.

#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

Metcalf placed last in his qualifying heat with a time of 10.36 seconds. During his post-race interview, he said how running in a competitive event represents something "very different from football speed."

#TokyoOlympics @NBCOlympics

"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

DK Metcalf @dkm14

Thank God for the opportunity. Thank @usatf for allowing me to come out today, thank my coaches, PT’s, family, and friends that supported!

Despite the outcome, Metcalf's performance was nonetheless impressive. He didn't run track and field in college at Ole Miss, so he had little formal experience as a sprinter. In addition, it was impossible to miss the 2020 Pro Bowler thanks to his 6'4", 235-pound frame.

That Metcalf can move that fast at that size remains astounding.

The veteran wide receiver received plenty of plaudits from his peers:

Russell Wilson @DangeRussWilson

Amazing Bro! 🔥🔥🔥 Rollin! 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾 @dkm14 https://t.co/5IFvNwm7ey

Patrick Mahomes II @PatrickMahomes

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

AJ Brown @1kalwaysopen_

10.36!! Qualified or not @dkm14 the 🐐

Tyrann Mathieu @Mathieu_Era

Shout out DK.

Rashaad Penny @pennyhendrixx

crazy🤦🏾‍♂️ proud of you bra @dkm14 https://t.co/36DetBgWwi

Perhaps Metcalf only intended for this to be a one-off depending on whether he moved on to Sunday's final heat and possibly more. At 23, he could plausibly make a more committed attempt at qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, though.

Doing so would likely require slimming down, which would then potentially affect how he performs on the field.

Metcalf might have to settle for just being one of the NFL's most explosive pass-catchers.

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