RENTON, WASHINGTON – Most Seattle Seahawks veteran players are returning to the team this week after staying away for much of the off-season volunteer program.
For DK Metcalf, this means returning to his daily work after his foray into athletics. The Pro Bowl̵
In his first comments to reporters after his post-race interview, Metcalfe hinted that he could try it again.
“My goal was to try to qualify for the Olympic trials, but who knows what my future holds,” he said on Tuesday. “I live everything day by day, taking it day by day, and right now I’m just focused on football and OTA.”
Metcalfe said he was following the U.S. athletics sport on Twitter and would keep up with the upcoming trials. His interest in the event was sparked when the USATF account tweeted an frivolous invitation to NFL players to test their speed “against real speed” in the Olympic trials. This tweet was a day after the famous persecution of Buddha Baker by the cardinals in Arizona by Metcalfe last October.
“After they tweeted, I thought it was an open invitation for me to pick it up, and I went with it,” Metcalfe said.
Metcalfe spoke with coach Pete Carroll and new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron at least once a week, leading to his participation in the USATF Gold Games and Remote Opening, adding that the Sioux are “100 percent” behind him. Linebacker Bobby Wagner, vice president of player engagement Mo Kelly and equipment director Eric Kennedy attended the event in Walnut, California.
“I thought it was a wonderful challenge that DK took on,” Carol said last month. “DK is a very special person and you will need a special person to even think about it.”
The oft-cited time that Metcalf would probably have to run to qualify for the Olympics was 10.2 or better. But Metcalfe’s time of 10.37 was generally considered impressive, given that he is much bigger (6-4, 235 pounds) and much less experienced than the professional sprinters he competed with.
The most surprising thing Metcalfe learned in his sprint venture?
“These are some fast human beings,” he said. “They are very fast and very good at what they do, and now I will stick to football.”
Metcalfe, Wagner and quarterback Russell Wilson were among several Seahawks who reported on Monday for the team’s seventh of 10 OTAs. Seahawks players issued a statement in April saying they would not volunteer this season. But with a mandatory mini-camp scheduled for next week, team leaders recently decided to appear for the final week of the OTA.
A handful of veteran players – including defenders Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs, left-handed Dwayne Brown, the withdrawal of Chris Carson, successor Tyler Lockett and defender Carlos Dunlap – were not spotted at OTA on Tuesday. Metcalf said more players would arrive this week.