If there's one name that has reached nuclear levels of NFL Draft hype, it's Ole Miss receiver D.K. Metcalf. Images began surfacing of Metcalf working out, showcasing his Herculean physique, which had everyone asking one question:
"Wait, he's a wide receiver?!?"
Yes, Metcalf is a pass-catcher, and his measurements have everyone talking. But perhaps the most staggering discovery has been his reported body fat percentage of 1.6 that was announced at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he also recorded an impressive 40-yard dash time.
Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf, of social media fame, measured in at 6-foot-3 and 3/8 and 228 pounds... with 1.6% body fat 來— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 28, 2019
While you're thinking of ways to reach a body fat percentage like Metcalf's, just pump the brakes right there and read on. If his body fat is indeed that low, Metcalf's health could be in danger.
The minimum body fat percentage an athlete needs to perform and to keep their organs functioning properly is generally accepted to be around three. Anything below that would put an individual in real risk for a serious medical emergency, including multiple organ failure.
Just take a look at what expert Georgie Fear talks about the danger of an athlete holding such low body fat percentage:
RE: DK Metcalf. 1.6% is NOT a good body fat %. pic.twitter.com/FpQbDCeoe0— Kent Weyrauch (@KentWeyrauch) February 28, 2019
The cautionary tale surrounding this dilemma is former Austrian body builder Andreas Munzer, who passed away in 1996 at the age of 31. Autopsy results revealed that Munzer had a body fat percentage understood to be barely above zero, and as a result, died of multiple organ failure.
At the disseminated 1.6 percent number, Metcalf scientifically shouldn't have been able to perform the way that he did at the Combine. The most likely result is that the NFL messed up on the calculation or it wasn't actually measure there at all and was instead taken on faith.
If you're hitting the gym in hopes of looking like Metcalf, just ensure that your body fat isn't hovering below three percent, because that's just not healthy.