DK Metcalf is a warrior on the football field. A physical phenomenon equipped with a dangerous combination of strength and speed, Metcalf can burn past any coverage thrown at him and toss aside any defender that gets in his way.
But Metcalf’s superhuman abilities weren’t just given to him. In fact, the road to becoming the athlete he is today was filled with bumps and potholes, including a career-threatening neck fracture he sustained in college that left him wondering if he’d ever play football again.
While rehabbing from the injury, Metcalf had to dig deep and harness the strong work ethic instilled in him at a young age by his father Terrence, who was an offensive lineman for nine years in the league.
“My work hard mentality came from my dad,” Metcalf said. “He taught me to never stop working and to never quit. Even when I feel like quitting, I know I’ve still got more left in the tank because of that.”
Once fully healthy, Metcalf immediately became a major problem for the rest of the league. During his first professional season, he racked up the third-most receiving yards of any rookie (900) and had the second-most receptions for a rookie in Seattle team history (58).
“I came in and I worked that first year,” Metcalf said. “I didn’t want to be labeled as a rookie and I didn’t want to make rookie mistakes. I wanted to come in and be a vet, act like a vet, and play like a vet. That’s how I went about my business.”
Metcalf also learned a lot from some of the vets he strived to emulate every day. He prides himself on being a student of the game and took notes from some of the best to ever do it.
“I watch and study other receivers like Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, and Odell Beckham Jr.,” Metcalf said. “Those guys are very successful in the league so I’m just looking to see what they do well and try and implement every little aspect of their game into mine.”
And even after a successful rookie campaign, Metcalf knows his business is far from finished. He wants to be one of those wide receivers to be in the “best ever” conversation. So, he’s setting his goals high and expectations for himself even higher.
“I’ve got big dreams and aspirations. I want to make a Pro Bowl. I want to win a Super Bowl. I want to be top three, top two, no, top one of the league in every receiver category,” Metcalf said. “I want to be great and I want to be remembered as one of the best to ever do it.”
DK Metcalf is determined to reach the pinnacle of his sport. And with his unmatched physicality and unwavering mental toughness, heaven help anyone who tries to get in his way.
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