Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf runs after a catch for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) runs after a catch for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The start list for the 100-meter dash for Sunday’s U.S. Track and Field’s Golden Games lists some familiar names: Bryce Robinson, Michael Rodgers, D.K. Metcalf. 

Wait, really? The Seahawks’ speedy receiver confirmed he will be run against some of the country’s best sprinters at the event to be held in Walnut, Calif.

We already know that Metcalf’s speed is among the best in the NFL. He made a name for himself by chasing down Arizona’s Budda Baker and saving his team from a pick-six.

He ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the 2019 combine, and finished the 20-yard shuttle in 4.5 seconds. The man is fast.

But is he elite track-speedy? Can he beat men who spend all of their time focused on just running as quickly as possible over short distances and don’t have to worry about running routes, catching passes, avoiding defenders, and creating chemistry with a quarterback? Sprinters who dream more of Olympic gold than a Lombardi Trophy? 

Robinson’s 100-meter’s best is 9.99, while Rodgers is 9.85. This isn’t an easy event for Metcalf to compete in. But that’s not stopping him. Even in the off-season, he’s figuring out a way to push himself.

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