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J’den Cox eyes football after Olympic wrestling medal

J'Den Cox

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: J’den Michael Tbory Cox of the United States celebrates victory over Reineris Salas Perez of Cuba in the Men’s Freestyle 86kg Bronze Medal bout on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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J’den Cox, the rising University of Missouri senior wrestler who earned an Olympic bronze medal in Rio, wants to play football in his final year of NCAA eligibility in 2017.

“So, the rules here is that you can play a sport for four years, and then your fifth year, you can go and play another one, especially for me, I haven’t redshirted,” Cox said Wednesday night. “The new plan is to play football for the University of Missouri [in 2018] after I get done with wrestling here for a year.”

Cox, 21, was an all-state linebacker in high school.

Cox also said Wednesday that he wrestled with a torn meniscus in his left knee at the Rio Olympics that he had surgically repaired after the Games.

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