Seahawks star DK Metcalf is serious about taking his talents to the track.
The 6-foot-4, 229-pound receiver will test his speed against more than a dozen U.S. sprinters, running the 100-meter dash at Sunday’s USATF’s Golden Games and Distance Open, according to NBC Sports. The event will take place in Walnut, California and is a precursor to Olympic Trials. NBC Sports will televise the meet beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Metcalf initially received an invitation to join the USA Track and Field team after his memorable Budda Baker chase-down in October, when the Seahawks played the Cardinals. Metcalf clocked a top speed of 22.64 miles per hour while pursuing an interception return, covering 114.8 total yards. At the time, it was the second-fastest speed by an NFL player on a tackle in 2020.
One day after the incredible run, USA Track and Field confirmed in a tweet that there was room for Metcalf on the relay team. While many fans took it as a playful social media joke, Metcalf responded, “See you there” — and has kept his word.
On May 3, Metcalf took to Twitter with a mysterious video hinting at his track venture. The eight-second clip showed the 23-year-old from the waist-down, walking onto an outdoor track. He dropped a pair of worn Under Armour track cleats before exiting the frame in a pair of slides. While his caption included just three dots, the date “May 9” was splashed across the screen — the same day of the USATF’s Golden Games and Distance Open.
“DK’s agent told us that he really wants to try to make the Olympics and asked what steps he needs to take,” USA Track and Field Managing Director Adam Schmenk told Yahoo Sports. “We walked him through what the auto qualifying time was that he would have to run in a sanctioned USATF event and told him that we would help him find a lane if and when he wanted to do this.”
Per NBC Sports, if Metcalf records a 10.05-second finish, he would automatically qualify for the Olympic Trials. He’d have to clock a minimum of 10.2 seconds — with legal tailwind of no more than two meters per second — to qualify.
If Metcalf earns his way to the Olympic Trials, it’s unclear if it will impact his NFL preparation for the coming season.
The Ole Miss product didn’t run track and field in college, but he was an impressive hurdler and long-jumper at Oxford High School in Mississippi.