“They Will Destroy Him” US Track Stars Bash D.K. Metcalf As Seahawks WR Preps For 100 Meter Dash

Ashish Priyadarshi
|Published 09/05/2021

D.K. Metcalf is one of the fastest NFL players in the league right now, and as a test to his skills, Metcalf has decided to try out for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Of course, questions about Metcalf’s speed started to rise after he made a stunning tackle on a Russell Wilson pick in the 2020-21 NFL season.

Metcalf chased Budda Baker of the Arizon Cardinals down from far behind, achieving a top speed of 22 mph. Here’s the footage in case you haven’t already seen it:

Well, D.K. Metcalf is going to see how fast he actually is during the USATF Golden Games set to take place today from 4:30 pm EST to 6 pm EST.

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US Track & Field Athletes Slam D.K. Metcalf For Participating

Of course, Metcalf’s decision to participate raised a lot of eyebrows, especially in the US Track and Field team. Most of the sprinters seemed eager to take on Metcalf as they believe he’s set to get destroyed.

Mike Rodgers, a multiple-time Olympian and 100 meter champion for USA, said that D.K. Metcalf is in for a surprise when he runs on Sunday.

“Football players don’t have any clue”

NFL players run the 40 yard dash as a measure of their speed, and Metcalf served up an electric 4.33 time. However, that is only a fraction of the 100 meters Metcalf will have to run if he wants to make the Olympic team. Additionally, NFL players rarely focus on utilizing their speeds for sustained periods of time.

They usually channel into making quick cuts to throw opponents off their feet or to change direction quickly. Sprinting is a much different ordeal. Rodgers also noted that the start is going to be tough for D.K. Metcalf to get down.

“I think his biggest issue is going to be the start. Because in the 40-yard dash, you can start whenever you want to start. He’s going to deal with the start, the starting blocks, stuff like that.”

Track agent, Renaldo Nehemiah, was a little more harsh:

“There’s not a sprinter in the world who will let this guy think he can run with them. They will destroy him.”

Same goes for 13x Olympian Michael Johnson

D.K. Metcalf will need to run a solid 10.05 in order to qualify for next month’s Olympic Trials. Over 100 meters, that equates to roughly 22.3 miles per hour. Metcalf has hit that speed once, but can he do it over the course of 100 meters? We’ll find out today.

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Ashish Priyadarshi

Ashish Priyadarshi

Ashish Priyadarshi is The SportsRush's content manager and editor. Ashish freelanced for 1 year in the NFL division before taking on an editorial role in the company. He then tacked on managing content while adding on a writing role in the NBA division. Ashish has been closely following the NFL and NBA since the 2012 season when the Patriots lost the Super Bowl and Derrick Rose was at the height of his powers. Since then, Ashish has focused on honing his knowledge for both leagues in, even writing crossover pieces. In his free time, Ashish is an avid basketball player, he loves to watch movies and TV shows, immersing himself in the cinematic world. Ashish studies computer science and data science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and would love to mesh his love for sports with his technical skills.

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