NFL star DK Metcalf’s Olympic bid met with skepticism: ‘They will destroy him’


“Soccer gamers don’t have any clue.”

That was the decision of 2016 US Olympian Mike Rodgers as Nationwide Soccer League vast receiver DK Metcalf prepares to compete within the 100m dash at Sunday’s USA Monitor and Area (USATF) Golden Video games and Distance Open in Walnut, California.

The Seattle Seahawk, who posted a 4.33sec, 40-yard sprint on the 2019 NFL mix, is competing in hope of incomes a spot at subsequent month’s US Olympic monitor and discipline trials in Eugene, Oregon.

However veterans of the monitor have been skeptical.

Rodgers, who will compete towards Metcalf within the 100m on Sunday, instructed reporters in a web-based media briefing that he watched video of Metcalf’s mix efficiency and believes he noticed the vast receiver’s vitality flagging close to the tip.

“And he has to do it twice – and that’s if he will get via the primary spherical,” he mentioned of Sunday’s competitors. An try to succeed in Metcalf’s agent on Thursday was unsuccessful.

Rodgers, who picked up gold within the 4x100m relay on the 2019 world championships, mentioned NFL gamers usually don’t have the mechanics and weight distribution methods of sprinters.

“The monitor and discipline neighborhood has been going backwards and forwards with the NFL neighborhood as to who’s truly quick and who’s not,” mentioned Rai Benjamin, who received gold on the 2019 world championships within the 400m relay and can compete within the 400m hurdles Sunday.

“Not at all am I discounting DK. I feel he’s an outstanding athlete and it takes a variety of guts and coronary heart to truly come out and line up towards the blokes which might be within the discipline.”

Renaldo Nehemiah, a monitor agent and former 110m hurdler who additionally performed three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, supplied a much less diplomatic evaluation.

“There’s not a sprinter on this planet who will let this man suppose he can run with them. They are going to destroy him,” Nehemiah mentioned. “It’s a noble gesture however an train in futility. It truly is. No offense to DK, I’m a fan of his.

“I applaud him for wanting to search out out – and discover out he’ll.”

On Friday, the retired American sprinting nice Michael Johnson, a four-time Olympic champion who stays the one male athlete in historical past to win the 200m and 400m on the identical Video games, waded in to the dialogue in protection of the NFL star.

“With [Metcalf] competing this weekend at @usatf meet, sprinters rightly really feel disrespected,” Johnson tweeted. “Folks don’t perceive their expertise. However that’s not DK’s fault or the media’s fault. The game has completed little to indicate the immense ability and expertise it takes to run 100m in underneath 10 seconds.”

What actually acquired folks buzzing about Metcalf’s blazing pace was when he chased down Arizona defensive again Budda Baker from behind after an interception to stop what gave the impression to be a positive landing final season. Metcalf made up practically 10 yards on Baker and reached a high pace of twenty-two.64mph in pads and cleats. He ran 108.8 yards on the play to sort out Baker in need of the tip zone.

“That was among the finest soccer performs I’ve ever seen,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll mentioned after the sport.

Spectacular, certainly.

“However in case you put a world-class monitor athlete in the identical spot, he can be 10 meters in entrance of Baker and ready for Baker,” Nehemiah mentioned. “Folks simply don’t perceive world-class pace.”

The pace of a sprinter is extra linear, with mechanics and transitions centered on being as straight as attainable. The pace of a soccer participant tends to be extra horizontal, and centered round fast five- to 10-yard bursts.

“I hope he doesn’t suppose he’s getting out right here with some common Joes,” mentioned Rodgers, who will probably be one of many favorites in Sunday’s 100m race. “It’s a delight factor for monitor athletes. We’ve been listening to about this for thus lengthy. So giving him a correct introduction to trace goes to be every part to all people within the monitor world.”

For many years, monitor standouts have been challenged by the speediest athletes in different sports activities. Like Corridor of Fame receiver Terrell Owens making an attempt to arrange a pleasant competitors with 2004 100m Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin, who’s nonetheless in elite type at 39 and among the many favorites to make the workforce for the Tokyo Video games.

It merely comes with the territory. Everybody needs to see how they measure up in a race.

Though a hurdler, Nehemiah was challenged to races whereas a receiver for the 49ers from 1982-84. He additionally was instructed to decelerate by his teammates throughout practices.

“The fellows used to get mad at me in wind sprints, as a result of I used to be main by a lot and it made them look unhealthy,” mentioned Nehemiah, who had 43 catches for 754 yards and 4 TDs in 40 video games with the 49ers. “I’m like, ‘I’m not even working, simply jogging.’”

Rodgers will probably be impressed ought to Metcalf break 10.2sec. If he doesn’t run quicker than 10.5 then, properly, “soccer gamers should not have any enterprise having a dialog with us,” Rodgers cracked.

For the report: 9.58sec is the world mark within the 100, which Bolt set in 2009.

Metcalf would want to report 10.05 or higher to earn an automated invitation to the US Olympic trials subsequent month in Eugene, Oregon.

He’s about 20lbs heavier than Bolt was in his record-setting prime. The Jamaican sensation additionally powered his method to the 200m world report (19.19).

“DK’s an enormous man. If he will get a superb begin and will get rolling, he may break 10.3,” the 36-year-old Rodgers mentioned. “However he’s not going to be in his atmosphere for positive this weekend.

“He could possibly be in warmup and see us warming up and be like, ‘Oh no, I’m not racing these guys.’ He may pull a type of. Till he strains up, there’s nothing actually I’ve to say. He’s within the race. I hope he comes out and competes.”


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