DK Metcalf did not run fast enough in the 100 meters on Sunday to advance to the USA Track and Field Golden Games and Distance Open final.
But the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver fared better than some expected for an NFL player competing against professional sprinters. Metcalf’s time of 10.37 seconds was the last of nine sprinters in his heat and 15th of 17 to compete in the first two runs. American Isiaah Young set the fastest time of the first two heats with a time of 10.09.
“They are world class athletes,” Metcalf said afterwards on the NBC streaming service Peacock, which broadcast the event, when asked if he had learned anything from attending the event. in Walnut, California. “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 here.”
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was among those in the NFL impressed with Metcalf’s performance, tweeting that his teammate had done “amazing.”
Incredible Bro! 🔥🔥🔥
Rollin! 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾 @ dkm14 https://t.co/5IFvNwm7ey
– Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) May 9, 2021
Asked about the Peacock show if his time could encourage him to take to the track again, Metcalf smiled and replied, “I have a minicamp to go to.
Former Olympic sprinter Ato Boldon said on the broadcast ahead of time that anything in the range of 10.6-10.7 would be a good time for the 6-foot-4, 229-pound Metcalf.
“He didn’t embarrass himself,” Boldon said of Metcalf. “He hung on with the peloton. Yeah, I think he’s eighth. But he ran well. I didn’t think he was going to run far from that pit.”
Prior to Sunday, Metcalf had not competed on the track since high school, despite being an outstanding hurdle and long jump and also part of the Oxford High School 4x100m relay team. . He ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash on the 2019 scout combine and hit a top speed of 22.64 mph when he chased Budda Baker of the Arizona Cardinals to keep him from scoring a defensive touchdown last October, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. . At the time, it was the second fastest speed an NFL player achieved in 2020.
Metcalf made the Pro Bowl last season after catching 83 passes for a franchise record of 1,303 yards.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.