NFL wide receiver DK Metcalf holds his own on the track in 100-meter dash debut
DK Metcalf finished last in his 100-meter heat at the USA Track and Field Golden Games on Sunday afternoon. But the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver nevertheless held his own.
In his first foray into professional sprinting, Metcalf finished with a time of 10.37 seconds in the 100-meter dash, finishing 15th out of the 18 competitors in the field and 0.26 seconds off the leader, American Isiah Young.
Metcalf, 23, did not make the finals, which were scheduled for later Sunday.
The Pro Bowl wide receiver said in a news conference that he started training on the track a few months ago. When asked about what prompted him to want to line up on the track against a field of Olympic hopefuls and seasoned pros, Metcalf replied, "why not?"
"Just another way to test my body, to test myself against different athletes, besides just doing football training all day," he said.
10.36 for DK Metcalf 👀 pic.twitter.com/M5GthtOmUu
Metcalf, who ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in a stunning 4.33 seconds, is hardly the first athlete to compete at the highest level of both football and track.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquise Goodwin has competed in sprint events and qualified for the 2012 London Olympics in long jump. Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best ran the 100-meter dash for his father's home county, Saint Lucia, at the 2016 Rio Games. And Renaldo Nehemiah was a world-class hurdler before he spent three seasons as a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers in the early 1980s.
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