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D.K. Metcalf, former wide receiver at Ole Miss, knows that making it to the NFL is only the first step. “What I learned from my dad … is to just keep working, even when I get there,” Metcalf, who is about to be drafted, said. “Some people think they’ve made it [once they’ve reached the NFL]. But you just don’t settle for average. Don’t settle for, ‘Oh I’ve made it to the league, I can stop working out.’” This isn’t just sage advice from an ambitious father — Metcalf’s dad, Terrence Metcalf, is a former NFL player.
Given this, it probably won’t surprise many to learn that Metcalf wakes up at 6 a.m. most days to participate in long workouts, eating right is a big part of his regular routine and he’s often away from his family for months at a time in order to train (and family is a big deal to Metcalf). But he knows it will all pay off soon.
The draft takes place in Nashville, Tennessee, from April 25-27, and, on the one hand, Metcalf is anxious to see where he’s going to land, but at the same time, after receiving advice during a recent team visit to “enjoy the process,” he’s been trying to do just that. “A lot of people don’t get to do this,” he said. “A lot of people don’t get to have this opportunity, so I’m just … enjoying every moment ’cause [pretty soon], I’m gonna have to get back to work.”
But before he does that, he plans to celebrate. “This was a long journey just to get drafted first, and I’m gonna enjoy it with my family,” he said. He added, “The moment I hear my name called, I’m probably going to shed a few tears, hug every one of my family members that’s there and just tell them, ‘thank you.’”
We’ve partnered with Pizza Hut to learn more about Metcalf’s trials and successes along the way to the draft, what he’s most looking forward to about joining the NFL and what he’ll miss about playing college ball. Check out the video above to find out more about D.K. Metcalf’s journey.
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