DK Metcalf 100 Meters: Seahawks Star Tried To Defy Odds And Qualify For Olympic Trials

Posted By Marco Cerino on May 9, 2021

DK Metcalf 100 meters. Four words that will get any NFL fan’s attention. He has dazzled football fans for two seasons as a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. On Sunday, one of Russell Wilson’s favorite targets had his sights set on another field of competition: the Tokyo Olympics.

For Sunday’s USATF Golden Games 2021 event, DraftKings Sportsbook and PointsBet posted prices on Metcalf’s 100-meter performance. They offered even money for him to make the final, +300 to finish top three in the final and +1500 to win it.

Metcalf ran 10.36 seconds in prelims and failed to advance to the final. However, he still lit up social media with that time at his enormous size.

Metcalf stood out among his competition – literally. Metcalf is 235 pounds, which still makes him look lithe on the gridiron but gigantic on the track. Sprinters are usually just over six feet tall. While Usain Bolt dominated at 6’5″, he weighed only 207 pounds when he rewrote the record book.

Metcalf excelled in high school track before choosing football at Ole Miss. We saw some of that straight-line speed when he ran down Budda Baker to the amazement of football fans all over the world on an interception return during the 2020 NFL season.

When Metcalf ran down Baker, he reached a top speed of 22.64 miles per hour. Were he to hypothetically recreate that on the track, that would equate to a 9.88 100-meter dash, which would have just beaten Justin Gatlin’s 9.89 silver performance in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Bolt won with a 9.81 time.

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How Do Sprinters Qualify for the 2021 Olympic Trials?

There are two paths to this year’s U.S. Olympic Trials. Runners can post the 100-meter qualifying time of 10.05 seconds, which must not be wind-aided. The trials will also take the best 32 times produced since the start of 2019.

So far eight competitors have hit the qualifying time. The cutoff time for 2016 was 10.16 seconds, shaving 12 hundredths off the time to make the Trials four years prior.

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DK Metcalf 100 Meters: Can He Still Qualify For The Olympic Trials?

We’ve seen NFL players dabble in other sports. Arguably the best sprinter in league history, “Bullet” Bob Hayes, won two golds in the 1964 Olympics (also in Tokyo), before putting on the iconic blue star of Dallas. He remains the only athlete ever to win a Super Bowl and Olympic gold.

When Hayes won in 1964, his winning time of 10.06 seconds tied a world record. Today, it would not even qualify for the trials, just to show how the sport has changed. Hayes played football and track in college, at one point prompting President Lyndon Johnson to call his football coach at Florida A&M to request Hayes have more time to focus on his Olympic pursuits.

100 meters equals just under 110 yards, which is goalline to the opposite end zone boundary on a football field. If Metcalf has recovered from the grueling NFL season and prepared his body to switch sports, a qualifying time would be comparable to the two-sport prowess of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson in decades past, if not more impressive.

For now, he will fall short with Sunday’s 10.36-second 100 meters. But that DK Metcalf 100 meters once again left football fans in awe of his athleticism.

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