DK Metcalf finishes last, but runs respectable 10.37-second 100-meter dash

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DK Metcalf won’t be quitting his day job any time soon. But he put in an impressive performance in his foray into track and field today.

Metcalf ran a 10.37-second 100-meter dash today at the USATF Golden Games. That’s an outstanding time for someone who isn’t actually a competitive sprinter, but he finished last in a field of elite runners.

“I’m just happy to be here, excited to have the opportunity, thank God for the opportunity to run against world-class athletes like this,” Metcalf said. “Just to test my speed against world-class athletes like this. . . . They do this for a living. This is very different from football speed.”

Ato Boldon, the former Olympic sprinter who was calling the race for NBC Sports, was impressed with Metcalf’s performance and said he believes that some of the fastest players in the NFL could have solid track careers with the right training.

“This should encourage every fast NFL guy,” Boldon said. “Tyreek Hill, are you listening? This should encourage every fast NFL guy, you’re not that far off, you get the right training, maybe you get to the Olympic trials.”

Anyone who has seen Metcalf on the football field knew he was fast, but seeing him on the track was a unique experience, and one that showed both what an impressive athlete he is, and how amazingly fast the truly elite sprinters are.

73 responses to “DK Metcalf finishes last, but runs respectable 10.37-second 100-meter dash

  1. I’d love to see the NFL’s fastest man competition come back. I remember back in the day watching Darrell Green dominate that. With social media dominating the world right now, it’s all about bragging. I want to see these guys earn their bragging rights.

  2. I suggest any DB let him catch the short ball because if he gets behind you its all over. “Only” nearly world class speed.

  3. No comparison between running in a straight line on a pristine track in basically underwear vs running routes with full pads on turf.

  4. Well, anyone that follows track would have bet their life that Metcalf was going to finish dead last, by a lot. However, I did not expect a 10.36. That is very VERY good. If he dropped 20lbs, trained for 9 mths straight then he actually has the talent to compete at trials

  5. 100m is 109+ yards. Nobody cares how fast you run over that length in the NFL.

    It appears, to me, had this been a 40-yard dash, DK wouldn’t have finished last. He faded toward the end.

    Would like to see Tyreek in that same set of circumstance. I don’t think he’d finish last.

  6. What a sham. And hey Metcalf you’re a grown man. What’s with that hair color.

  7. I get a kick of athletes that think they are so good that they can beat other professional athletes in a different sport. It rarely works out that way.

    I remember years ago, Lyle Alzado was the NFL tough guy. He was in a contract dispute with the Denver Broncos. He told the Broncos that if he didn’t get the money that he wanted, that he would leave the NFL and start a boxing career.

    To back that up, he agree to an exhibition match with Mohammad Ali. Alzado was no slouch, having won amateur golden gloves in the past.

    It was supposed to be an exhibition, so when the fight started, you could see that he and Ali were just toying with each other. At some point, Alzado decided to really take it to ALi….backing him against the ropes and landing a lot of big body blows.

    Ali was surprised that Alzado was seriously fighting, so he returned the favor. After a couple of quick flurries by Ali where Alzado couldn’t even block the hits, it was clear that ALzodo was completely outmatched.

    Ali proved that he was not to be toyed with. Denver shipped Alzado out of town, rather than meet his demands…and Alzado never considered boxing professionally again.

  8. Eric Stokes would smoke Metcalf like the wannabe track star he is.

  9. maxamili says:
    May 9, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    What a sham. And hey Metcalf you’re a grown man. What’s with that hair color.
    *****************************************************************************
    Ah, wouldn’t the world be perfect if everyone looked just like you think they should? And it’s a sham to try and compete and challenge yourself? Stop being part of the problem.

  10. The Fastest Man competition was playing while I read this article. Ended up watching the whole thing. Man I wish watching Darrell Green run and play. I think it’s funny he said he was getting old and played another 15 years after that competition.

  11. The performance was awesome but most impressive is his comments about his training for football and being blessed.

  12. It’s all fun and games until you pull a hammy. I’m sure John, Pete and Russ were not overly thrilled with Metcalf’s foray into track and field.

  13. 10.37 is fast. I’d hate to see him pull a hamstring running sprints, but it’s good to see a guy having some fun.

  14. radar8 says:
    May 9, 2021 at 4:29 pm
    I get a kick of athletes that think they are so good that they can beat other professional athletes in a different sport. It rarely works out that way.

    I remember years ago, Lyle Alzado was the NFL tough guy. He was in a contract dispute with the Denver Broncos. He told the Broncos that if he didn’t get the money that he wanted, that he would leave the NFL and start a boxing career.

    To back that up, he agree to an exhibition match with Mohammad Ali. Alzado was no slouch, having won amateur golden gloves in the past.

    It was supposed to be an exhibition, so when the fight started, you could see that he and Ali were just toying with each other. At some point, Alzado decided to really take it to ALi….backing him against the ropes and landing a lot of big body blows.

    Ali was surprised that Alzado was seriously fighting, so he returned the favor. After a couple of quick flurries by Ali where Alzado couldn’t even block the hits, it was clear that ALzodo was completely outmatched.

    Ali proved that he was not to be toyed with. Denver shipped Alzado out of town, rather than meet his demands…and Alzado never considered boxing professionally again.

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    Like the time Michael Johnson was calling himself the fastest man In the world because he won the 200. Then got blown out by Donovan Bailey in 150.

  15. Gotta love his competitiveness, that’s what you look for.

    Metcalf finished 15th out of 17. #Respect

    Fastest time in 2021 is 9.88 by Trayvon Bromell
    World record is 9.58 by Usain Bolt in 2009

  16. louisbcat says:
    May 9, 2021 at 4:03 pm
    I suggest any DB let him catch the short ball because if he gets behind you its all over. “Only” nearly world class speed
    ———————
    The Cowboys secondary says hi.

  17. “Respectable 10.37”???

    That is absolute lightning. Would love to see the author run a 100m dash lol.

  18. He was definitely the only guy out that that looked like a football player.

  19. That time would put him about 4th or 5th place in California High School finals.

  20. 10.37 for a guy who doesn’t train as a track athlete is pretty crazy.

  21. Damn. He was IN that race. Really not far off. And look how much bigger he is than those other dudes! Someone above said it, lose 20-30 lbs and train nonstop and he’s probably taking that race.

  22. Many comments about D.K. Metcalf’s weight are right on…this guy wants extra weight to play NFL football…but the extra weight will slow him down against professional track athletes…he would be a lot faster if he lost weight but he is young and having fun….

  23. Sucks that they spent so much time talking about this guy taking away from guys who trained their whole life just for today.

    Thanks dk.

  24. 10.39 is a fantastic 100m time for a football player.

    There is a trade off between size and speed. DK is very large, and that sort of speed at his size is amazing.

    10.39 100m equates to a forty yard dash time in the 4 35 range.

  25. I think what he did was really impressive. At his size, with muscle he carries. Metcalf is a one in a lifetime athlete.

    Hey Howie Roseman, tell us again why jjaw was a better pick than metcalf, something about high pointing the ball or whatever
    … thanks alot howie.

  26. The amount of jealous non-athletes in the comments is upsetting. Not only was DK’s time impressive for a football player, and he definitely looked like the only guy that was out of place muscle wise, but he stayed with the pack. Criticizing him for exploring his life and youth looks like pure envy.

    As the saying goes, “Use it before you lose it!”

  27. More then respectable. This is pretty amazing, considering he doesn’t train for track & field and is 50-70lbs heavier than everyone else there.

    The flip side of this is to put the sprinters in pads, helmet, and cleats and run routes on turf with NFL defensive backs bumping and grabbing them and still catch a football coming at them at 65 mph in 40 degree weather with either some rain and wind or the sun in your eyes.

    Oh, and hang on to ball while Jamal Adams decleats you.

  28. K says:
    Sucks that they spent so much time talking about this guy taking away from guys who trained their whole life just for today.
    ==

    I doubt whether any one of these guys “trained their whole life” specifically to compete in the Golden Games, and I doubt any of them put in all that work just so that other people would “spend time talking about them.”
    Sounds like somebody’s cranky because somebody else got a bigger cookie than he did.

  29. Some of you will find any reason to trash someone. It speaks volumes about you.

  30. Love the track and field guys trying to lobby Tyreek and others to train for T&F. Or, they could focus on training for football, you know, that job they have that requires them to be in specific physical shape and pays them millions.

    Good for DK I guess but as soon as this interferes one iota with your football potential, you need to call it quits.

  31. DK looked pretty good in that race. After the start, it looked like he mostly kept pace. I’d love to see him try 200 meters.

  32. This is precisely what I expected when I posted that he will get roasted a few days ago…

    People just don’t realize how good, or how hard being a track athlete actually is. It’s like the WR position… you have to spend years honing your craft.

  33. Did you see how BIG DK Metcalf was compared to the other guys? If he slimmed down by 15 pounds or so I bet he’d pick up a lot of speed. But the guy is a HUGE beast so thankfully he will continue to play football, make his money, win a few SBs and enjoy the memory of the day he finished within a step of the fastest sprinters in the world.

    And all those media types predicting 10.5 or worse (I’m looking at you Shannon Sharpe) need to step up and apologize for slamming the guy the way they did. Metcalf brought viewers and interest to something that is typically ignored by the average sports fan. That in itself is a good thing.

  34. When does the NFL get serious about testing. Pro sports looking away as usual.

  35. DK showing up to participate in a track meet could do the same for those guys as what Tiger did drawing spectators to golf.

  36. Good. Now please get back to catching a football – tho make sure to get over the goal line before you start celebrating.

  37. Raheem Mostert is the fastest man in the NFL, and it’s not even close.

  38. DK acknowledged that this was a learning experience. Cross training is important in every sport. Let’s give him some credit for minimal T&F training, and running a 10.37

    DK had world class acceleration off the line. Perhaps he needs some track coaching on how to streamline his “cruising speed.”

  39. Cant imagine the Seahawks brass and Carroll were happy..I bet in his next contract they will put restrictions on outside activities

  40. I think if he un-bling by getting rid of the nose ring, both earrings and a gold necklace that was nice but too big for track racing,,,he looked a little tense but ran well against guys who do this for a living

  41. Also I don’t think NFL GMs wants to see their star players getting hurt while running track,,,a non-football injury can terminate their contract or affect their status for bigger paydays

  42. He reached 22.64 MPH when running down Budda Baker like a cheetah chasing a gazelle. Wonder if anyone has done a speed comparison?

  43. Comparing his body size to the others, the mere wind resistance of that huge frame has to cause a .25 second difference. He’s not slower, he’s bigger. If the others were carrying his size/weight, the race would have been different.
    An amazing effort and result for the big guy!

  44. Props to DK for entering. It is a different ballgame but it no way shape or form is running that time embarrassing. To suggest otherwise is kinda silly

  45. That’s impressive. Also impressed with his desire to compete. It took a lot of guts to go out there and race the professionals.

  46. For those who run/follow track that is actually a better than expected time. I expected him to be 10.50 at best given his size and lack of training. It does show though that there are levels to things. Keep in mind outside of the fact that the field he ran in had no top 10 runners in the world and he finished last, this was also a semi race where others were not at 100% where DK was. Tyreke is the only guy in the NFL right now that I would consider to have “world class speed” and he’s probably a 10.18ish at best right now in his shape and lack of training. I don’t blame though the track guys wanting NFL players to try their hand. Not that I’m comparing DK to Jake Paul in boxing but it’s a similar win-win situation for Track and Field. Have these NFL speedsters show up and generate attention they wouldn’t otherwise have(the general sports community would not have known about this meet) and at the same time show how the pro’s dust even the fastest NFL guys. With that said DK is a freak athlete who you never know if he had put his focus in track he could possibly be an elite runner, all conjecture though as obviously he’s gifted in a sport that pays 100x.

  47. It’s ok that he did this and brought a little attention and much respect to the real world class elite sprinters. But dead last is dead last. He was never going to compete against these guys, just like Bolt said he’s never putting on football pads.

  48. If they had only put Budda Baker in this race with a 10 yard head start D.K. probably runs a 9.37.

  49. Pretty amazing. For someone that size to be that fast… he’s simply a freak of nature. Good for him for trying something new and pushing himself.

    Just for fun, I want to see that same race, but put them all in pads and football cleats on grass or turf and see the outcome. Not that I doubt the sprinters’ abilities, it’d just be interesting.

  50. Respectable? Did you watch the video? Dude was REMARKABLE. He hung in with world-class sprinters that train every day for this event, at 70% of his weight. I was thoroughly impressed, and everyone else should be too.

  51. OG Fogy says:
    May 9, 2021 at 4:55 pm
    Never put the words “last” and “respectable” together.
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    Way to miss the point entirely. But you do get a participation trophy for your effort.

  52. People are acting like Metcalf made a mistake for daring to participate in a sport outside of the NFL…he learned from his experience and is moving on…most really fast track athletes cannot play football…so it goes both ways….

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