Before he takes part in a 2015 training camp that should prove critical in his fledgling NFL career, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will be returning to the sport that made him an Olympic athlete in 2012: track and field.
Specifically, Sports Illustrated reports that Goodwin will participate in the 2015 US Outdoor Track and Field Championships this coming weekend in Eugene, Oregon. He was added to the meet by petition, and the report insinuates that Goodwin will participate in the long jump event.
That's where Goodwin made his Olympic mark in 2012. At team trials that year, Goodwin recorded a meet-best 8.23-meter jump, which would have won him a gold medal had he replicated the feat at the summer games in London. While he qualified for the finals there, his last jump was a disappointment, and he finished in 10th place.
Should Goodwin manage to finish in the top three at this weekend's long jump event, he would be eligible to participate in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, held August 22-30 this year. Those dates probably mean that he would not participate, however, given that Bills training camp runs from July 31-August 25, and he's going to be fighting to make the Bills' 53-man roster this fall.
Still, it'll be interesting to see what this weekend yields for Goodwin. In any case, a strong showing could keep his name viable for the 2016 Olympic Team Trials for track and field, which will be held on July 1-10 next year.