SANTA CLARA -- 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin expressed his interest in competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics that will take place in Tokyo, Japan.
“Yes,” Goodwin said Tuesday. “One hundred-percent interest, but we are talking about football now; 2020 is next year.”
After winning the Olympic trials, Goodwin competed in the 2012 Olympics tied as the No. 1 qualifier in his event, the long jump. He placed 10th in the final. He attempted to qualify again for the 2016 Summer Games but did not jump as well as he had in the past, and did not make the team.
Goodwin said that he will not have to change his body too much other than getting a little lighter by cutting out sugar. He also said that his training will occur during the break after minicamp which will not affect his football career.
“It’s just the offseason,” Goodwin said. “Same way I did it in high school, college, NFL, just make it happen. It’s all on my off time. So like I said, I use it as part of my training.”
Goodwin also said that both the long jump and the wide receiver position require similar traits and skills which will facilitate a manageable training program.
“What I do in long jump and track and field, definitely correlates with what I do as a receiver,” Goodwin said. “With being fast, being explosive, putting my foot down. It’s the same mechanics that I use in football and track. They go hand in hand with each other, at least with my position. I couldn’t say that with every position.”
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Coach Kyle Shanahan was asked Wednesday if he would approve of Goodwin trying to be a part of the Olympic team, but wouldn’t give a concrete answer.
“Yeah, I would think so,” Shanahan said. “But, in order for me to have an opinion on it, I would have to think about it a little bit more and I probably won’t start doing that until 2020.”