Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin eyes Rio Olympics
Buffalo Bills wide receiver and long jumper Marquise Goodwin will compete in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in July in an attempt to make his second Olympic team, according to ESPN.com.
“I’ll be doing track this offseason,” Goodwin said, according to the report. “Just trying to accomplish all the dreams I set out to do, while I can, while I’m still able-bodied. As I mentioned plenty of times before, I got a sister who never walked a day in her life. And if she had the ability to do something, she’d do it to the best of her ability, everything she could. So why not take advantage of what I have, the blessings that I was blessed with, instead of just limiting myself to football, when I could be [competing in] two sports.”
Goodwin, 25, played in two games for the Bills this season, catching two passes, before being placed on injured reserve with a rib injury in October.
On June 25, Goodwin placed fourth in the U.S. Outdoor Championships long jump in his first competition since finishing 10th at the London Olympics. The top three made the team for last August’s World Championships.
Goodwin ranked No. 7 overall in the U.S. in the long jump in 2015, according to USA Track and Field. The top three in the Olympic trials final July 3 are in line to make the Rio Olympic team.
The Rio Olympic long jump final is Aug. 13, a date that fell during Week 1 of the NFL preseason schedule last year.
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