Former New York Giants running back David Wilson, who was recently forced to give up his football career at age 23 due to a series of neck injuries, is now focusing on trying to make the 2016 Olympic track and field team, according to USA Today.
Wilson wants to compete in the triple jump in Rio de Janeiro, the site of the 2016 games.
“I’ll be going back to school to get my degree and training for the Olympics,” Wilson said. “That’s something I really want to aspire to do now. I was the national champion twice in high school junior and senior year and was an All-American in college [at Virginia Tech].“
He plans to train with his former track coach on campus at Virginia Tech.
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As pointed out by USA Today, Wilson’s career best triple jump, a 16.20 meter performance that placed him sixth at the 2011 NCAA Championships, would have placed him tenth in the final heat of the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012.
Wilson says he believes he can succeed in track with a renewed focus on the sport.
- Molly Geary