NFL players watched with great interest Sunday as Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf attempted to make the U.S. track and field team for the Tokyo Olympics.
Metcalf's bid lasted 10.36 seconds, the time he posted in his 100-meter preliminary race. Metcalf barely finished last in the nine-man field.
"These are world-class athletes," Metcalf told NBC's Lewis Johnson after the race. "They do this for a living and it's very different from football speed for what I just learned."
Still, he was briefly stride for stride with those pros at 6-3 and 230 pounds. And his fellow football professionals noticed.
10.36 is crazy tho at that size!! Mad respect! @dkm14— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) May 9, 2021
Anyone talkin bad about DK Metcalf is a hater. Boy lined up against professional track athletes who do this for a living and held his own. Although he finished 9th in his heat, 10.36 is sliding. Respect fam you an alien @dkm14 ✊🏾💯 might of been top 5 if it was 60 meters 🔥🔥🔥— Mark Ingram II (@markingram21) May 9, 2021
Truthfully I wish we had more DK’s in this world... you know that humble confidence, That God Confidence.... Each of us can be whatever we want, we should not listen to those who do not encourage to inspire us.... More Glory! @dkm14— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) May 9, 2021
DK Metcalf at 6’3 230 pounds. Held his own and ran a 10.36 off of a couple months of training while running against guys that weigh 50-70 pounds less than him. Wow. pic.twitter.com/Viwi5Bpikn— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 9, 2021
As Metcalf was doing his thing in California, Tyreek Hill's name kept coming up as a player who could follow in Metcalf's footsteps. The response from "Cheetah"?