The Buffalo Bills have allowed Marquise Goodwin to train and qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio this Summer even if it means the wide receiver would miss time during training camp in July. So far, it's looking like the long jumper won't just be participating in Rio, he's putting up numbers that place him at the top of the world.
This past Sunday, Goodwin jumped 8.42 meters in Great Britain. That's just slightly less than the 8.45 meters he put on the board in May. According to the International Association of Athletic Federations, those are both longer jumps than any other man has completed in competition in 2016.
In the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Goodwin finished 10th with a length of just 7.80 meters, a figure he's blown by this year. The gold medal-winning jump that year was 8.31 meters by Greg Rutherford, which is also his longest jump of this year.
Goodwin has 20 receptions for 349 yards and three touchdowns in 24 career games spanning three seasons. He's dealt with multiple injuries, most notably missing 14 games in 2015 with a rib injury. Even though the Bills are thin at wide receiver, he's putting his NFL career in jeopardy by missing time. Still, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the speedster and we are rooting for him.