Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf made a splash in the Track and Field world when he announced that he would be competing in the 100m at Sunday’s USATF Golden Games and Distance Open at Mt. SAC.
However, it seems veterans of the track are very skeptical of Metcalf coming into their world.
“Football players don’t have any clue,” said Olympian Mike Rodgers, who will be competing against Metcalf on Sunday.
Rodgers specializes in the 100m and the 60m and won the gold medal in the 100m relay in Doha in 2019. He is also the Pan-Am Games Champion.
He doesn't think Metcalf has the stamina to pull it off.
“He has to do it twice – and that’s if he gets through the first round," Rodgers continued.
Rodgers' personal best is 9.85 in the 100m. Per NBC Sports, a 10.05-second finish would earn Metcalf an automatic qualification to the Olympic Trials.
But, what's with the resistance? He is, after all, bringing more attention to the sport and event this weekend.
Renaldo Nehemiah, a retired American track and field athlete who specialized in the 110 m hurdles, welcomed Metcalf into the fray. But, simply to prove a point.
“There’s not a sprinter in the world who will let this guy think he can run with them. They will destroy him,” Nehemiah said. “It’s a noble gesture but an exercise in futility. It really is. No offense to DK, I’m a fan of his.
USA Track & Field first invited Metcalf to the Olympic Trials last October after the Seahawks phenom sprinted 114.8 yards at 22.64 mph to chase down Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker.
Metcalf is taking them up on the offer.
For context, the 22.64mph max speed Metcalf achieved in that chase down is good for a 9.88-second time over 100 meters.
“DK’s a big guy. If he gets a good start and gets rolling, he might break 10.3,” the 36-year-old Rodgers said. “But he’s not going to be in his environment for sure this weekend.”
You can see Metcalf’s efforts on full display as the USATF Journey to Gold Series begins in Walnut, California Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The event will be live on NBC and NBCSports.com/live.