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.
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."
"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
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:
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.