Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, who has earned a reputation as one of the fastest players in the NFL, will test his speed against some of America’s top sprinters on Sunday with a possible eye on the US Olympic Trials.
Metcalf will run the 100m at the USATF Golden Games and Distance Open in Walnut, Calif.
The Pro Bowler’s name appeared on the official entry list for the competition on Monday afternoon, when he appeared to confirm his participation with a enigmatic tweet. Other participants in the race include 2016 Olympian Mike Rodgers and Ronnie Baker, who is second in the United States this year with 9.94 seconds.
The 6-foot-4, 229-pound wide wide receiver’s flirtation with USA Track and Field began in October in a nationally televised prime-time game against the Bills. As Buffalo safety Budda Baker headed for an apparent touchdown after intercepting Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson inside the five-yard line, Metcalf sprinted down the field before knocking Baker down before the goal.
Metcalf, who ran a 4.33-second, 40-yard scorecard in the 2019 NFL Combine, clocked at a top speed of 22.64 mph while covering 114.8 total yards to catch Baker, according to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats platform.
The next day, USATF sent a playful tweet inviting Metcalf to test himself against “real speed” at the Olympic Trials, scheduled for June at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. That same week, the Metcalf agent called Adam Schmenk, United States director of athletics, to find out what the creation of the team for the Tokyo Games might entail.
“The DK agent told us he really wanted to try to compete in the Olympics and asked what action he needed to take,” Schmenk told Yahoo Sports. “We explained to him what automatic qualifying time he should run in a USATF sanctioned event and told him that we would help him find a lane if he wants and when he wants.
Metcalf hasn’t competed in track since high school, when he was a hurdler and not a flat sprinter for Mississippi’s Oxford High, although he was part of the 400m and 800m relay teams. who set school records. His 4.33sec in the 40 was the fifth fastest combine time this year and third among wide receivers.
A time of 10.05 s automatically qualifies for testing in the United States. According to World Athletics, a total of 15 Americans are expected to compete in the 100m trials in Eugene with a score of 10.05. The field will likely be filled with the next fastest men with 32 entries in total, according to NBC Olympics.