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He may have come last in the race itself, but DK Metcalf left a lasting impression with US Olympic selectors.
The NFL wide receiver more than held his own in the 100m event at the USATF Golden Games, competing against the fastest athletes in the country.
Amazing Bro! :fire::fire::fire:
Rollin! :muscle::muscle::muscle: @dkm14 https://t.co/5IFvNwm7ey
- Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) May 9, 2021
Metcalf ended up coming ninth place in a nine-man field with an official time of 10.36 seconds, meaning he ultimately failed to qualify for the Olympic trials.
But it wasn't all bad news, because even getting to witness the Seattle Seahawks big man sprinting at full pelt on a track was enough in most people's eyes.
And he certainly earned the respect of the other sprinters too.
"These are world-class athletes," Metcalf said after the race.
.@dkm14 wanted to test his speed against elite track & field athletes.
He ran the 100m in 10.36 seconds. :fire: (via @NBCOlympics)pic.twitter.com/DxCWgdO31K
- NFL (@NFL) May 9, 2021
"They do this for a living. It's very different from football speed, which I just realised.
"I think I did really well for myself."
Even prior to getting drafted into the NFL, people were well aware of the 6-foot-4-inch, 230-pound man mountain.
His Combine highlights went viral online after he clocked a time of 4.33 seconds in the 40 yard dash - an insane time for a man with his frame.
And when Seattle drafted him with the 64th overall pick, his sheer athleticism became clear for all to see.
Last season Metcalf went viral again after running the full length of the field to track down Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker following an interception.
D.K. Metcalf at the start of the 100 meter race today vs the rest of the competition :flushed::flushed: pic.twitter.com/W0x0OiFgTS- Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 9, 2021
10.36 is crazy tho at that size!! Mad respect! @dkm14
- Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) May 9, 2021
The piece of individual brilliance lead for many sports fans to call for Metcalf to try out for the Olympics team with USA Track and Field eventually giving the 23-year-old their blessings to give it a red hot crack.
He came up short on the day, but Metcalf still continues to defy logic with his blistering speed and huge stature.