In just two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, DK Metcalf has become one of the NFL’s most recognizable faces.
The Seahawks phenom has chased down Budda Baker, stiff-armed James Bradberry and thrown up peace signs to Eagles fans at Lincoln Financial Field.
But on Saturday ahead of the Seahawks Super Wild Card Weekend matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, Metcalf made one of his most powerful statements of his career.
The second-year superstar walked into Lumen Field donning a red, white and blue t-shirt with the words “I love someone with mental illness.”
We’ve seen athletes like Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott open up about his mental health and the struggles he faced last offseason after losing his brother, Jace, who took his life in April.
Metcalf’s teammate, Russell Wilson, also shared his perspective on the importance of mental health when he opened up to NBC Sports Northwest last year in conjunction with NBC Sports’ documentary titled “Headstrong.”
“You don’t have to be sick to get better,” Wilson said. "No matter how successful you are or what status you are – a top quarterback or if you’re trying to overcome cancer – the best thing that we can do is have positive language.”
It’s admirable that Metcalf is using his platform to remove the stigma around mental health and provide support for someone he loves. Sometimes a small gesture can go a long way.