A Sport’s Pedigree’s Next Gen; Enter: D.K. Metcalf By John Brecko
Image Credit via DK Metcalf twitter
At 6’4” and 230 lbs. with a 4.33 40-yard dash time, a 40.5” vertical jump and 27 reps of 225 lbs (27 reps at basically his bodyweight), D.K. Metcalf has shown the NFL that he is one of the best athletes in the entire league ever since their 2019 scouting combine. If we are being honest, I am still a little salty that my Philadelphia Eagles passed up on him…
However, being able to tell that D.K. Metcalf has always been an exceptional athlete goes further than his combine numbers. It goes even further than his 1,300+ receiving yards in the 2020 NFL season.
D.K. Metcalf has football in his veins and the blood that pumps throughout them.
D.K. Metcalf’s father is Terrence Metcalf, who is a former offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears. He played seven seasons with that team starting in 2002 and ending in 2008. He appeared in 78 games and started 25 of them, which is more than many men who have been signed to any of the 32 existing NFL franchises can say.
His son, being an All-Pro wide receiver has more than lived up to the hype his pedigree has created. However, that hype does not end with his father. That hype extends to multiple cousins of D.K. Metcalf as well.
The first cousin is Terry Metcalf and he is a third round pick out of the 1973 NFL Draft and had five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals before continuing his football career in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts. He finished his career with the then Washington Redskins (now Washington Football Team in the 1981 NFL season. He had three Pro Bowl caliber seasons in 1974-1975 and 1977.
The cousin of D.K. Metcalf who had the longest career in the league would be Eric Metcalf, who played for seven different NFL teams in his 13-season long career. He spent six seasons with the Cleveland Browns from 1989-1994 and two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons from 1995-1996 before spending one season each with five other teams. The teams he spent one season each with were the San Diego Chargers (1997), the Arizona Cardinals (1998), the Carolina Panthers (1999), the Washington Redskins (2001) and the Green bay Packers (2002).
Eric Metcalf was the 13th overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft and the son of Terry Metcalf. Like his father, Eric Metcalf made it to the Pro Bowl three times in 1993-1994 and 1997. Like his father, Eric Metcalf was also a running back, but he was also a kick returner and even led the league in kick return yards in 1990. At the end of his career, Eric Metcalf had more than 11,000 all purpose yards. All three of D.K. Metcalf’s relatives had productive careers in the NFL, but Eric had the best one in my personal opinion.
D.K. Metcalf’s career has looked promising in his first two years, with more than 2,200 total receiving yards as well as 17 total touchdowns and his first Pro Bowl selection this past season. D.K. Metcalf will still be just 23 years old when the 2021 NFL season begins, which means there is no telling how high his ceiling is, especially with his lineage.
Genetics are not everything, but D.K. Metcalf may have proven in his first two years that it might be helpful.