DK Metcalf was not presupposed to earn himself a shot at Olympic glory by successful today’s 100-meter qualifier event.
Spoiler alert: he didn’t.
After an alright begin, the huge receiver fell to ninth place in his warmth — useless final — working a ten.36. That received’t get him a ticket to Tokyo. It received’t even get him a spot within the subsequent spherical at right this moment’s Golden Video games.
However, hell, 10.36 is fairly quick, particularly for an NFL participant of Metcalf’s dimension.
We knew Metcalf had the pace when he ran down Budda Baker on Sunday Evening Soccer. However, once more, he ran subsequent to people right this moment who dash for a dwelling. Something near a first-place end for DK would’ve been surprising.
After the race, NBC requested Metcalf why he felt compelled to return out and compete towards a few of the quickest males within the nation.
“Simply to check my pace up towards these world-class athletes,” he responded. “Having the chance to return out right here and run towards these guys was only a blessing.”
He concluded by noting that observe is “very totally different from soccer pace, from what I simply realized.”
However there may be some historic precedent for soccer gamers within the Olympics — observe and discipline, particularly. There are over 35 NFL athletes who’ve participated in Olympic observe and discipline. “Bullet” Bob Hayes is the one NFLer with a Tremendous Bowl ring and an Olympic Gold medal. Marquise Goodwin competed within the long-jump in London. Tommie Smith’s fist and gold medal was iconic in 1968 — however few know he additionally caught a pass as a Cincinnati Bengal. And, earlier than the pandemic, Tyreek Hill mentioned he would take into account trying to qualify for the then 2020 Video games. Metcalf wound up attempting, regardless of no official sign that he wished to compete in Tokyo. So was he attempting to one-up Hill? Who is aware of.
Properly … there goes 2021’s first try at a two-sport professional. You’re subsequent, Tebow.