Bills WR Marquise Goodwin eyes second Olympic team in 2016
Goodwin finished his third season in the NFL with two catches for 24 yards as he only played in two games because of broken ribs.
In July, he made a brief return to track and field for the first time since the 2012 Olympics in London and finished fourth in the long jump at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He went on to win a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto. He finished his short season with a wind-aided season's best jump of 8.37-meters.
Goodwin was the U.S. champion at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials with a jump of 8.33-meters, which was the fourth best in the world for that year and a personal best. If he replicated that jump at the Olympics, he would have won a gold medal. He finished 10th overall with 7.80-meters being his best mark in London.
Goodwin also plans on competing at the upcoming IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Ore. in March. He will need to qualify at the U.S. Championships the week before.
“I'll be doing track this offseason,” Goodwin told ESPN. “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 last competed in an indoor season in 2012 as a member of the Texas Longhorns track and field team. With an indoor track season, he will have the same build-up before July's U.S. Olympic Trials as he did when he made the 2012 Olympic team.
With track and field scheduled to take place from Aug. 12 to Aug. 21 at the Olympics, Goodwin could miss time for the Bills' training camp. He will be entering the final season of his rookie contract next year.
- Christopher Chavez