Tyreek Hill, who is widely regarded as the fastest man in the NFL, was impressed by what he saw with D.K. Metcalf.
The Seattle Seahawks WR did not run fast enough in the 100 meters Sunday to advance to the finals in his professional track debut, but he impressed almost everybody.
Given that Metcalf is 6-foot-3 and over 230 pounds, he still was clocked at 10.36 officially in the 100-meter race.
On Sunday, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes tweeted how impressed he was at Metcalf, while Tyreek Hill retweeting Mahomes’ message, calling the final time “scary.”
“These are world-class athletes,” Metcalf said afterward on NBC streaming service Peacock, which broadcast the event, when asked whether he learned anything by competing in the event in Walnut, California. “They do this for a living. It’s very different from football speed, from what I just realized. So, like I said, just excited to be out here.”
Metcalf’s performance also drew praise on Twitter from fellow Seahawks teammates Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Tyler Lockett and Quandre Diggs.
Former Olympic sprinter Ato Boldon said on the broadcast before the race that something in the range of 10.6-10.7 would be a good time for Metcalf.
“He did not embarrass himself,” Boldon said of Metcalf. “He hung with the pack. Yes, I think he’s eighth. But he ran well. I didn’t think he was going to run anywhere near that well.”
Metcalf made the Pro Bowl last season after catching 83 passes for a franchise-record 1,303 yards.