BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin has been working out more than most of his teammates this offseason. He has been working out five to six days a week getting ready for the Olympic trials.
Goodwin missed the all of Bills’ OTA’s but returned Tuesday for the start of mini camp. The fourth-year player owns the top two long jumps in the world, and if he has a top three jump during July qualifying he will be heading to Rio, but qualifying isn’t the goal.
“Winning, getting a gold medal. That is what I look forward to the most,” Goodwin said.
The decision to miss minicamp for Goodwin has been made easier by the Bills coaching staff.
“I think it’s fantastic. I mean it’s just a special thing obviously for him but a once-in-a-lifetime deal,” Rex Ryan said. “He’s representing himself but even more so he’s representing our country and our community. I’m proud of the fact that he plays for the Buffalo Bills so when he’s out there doing the long-jump, that’s our guy.”
Goodwin says when the time comes the need to transition back to football will be easy.
“I am an athlete at the end of the day and my job is to be fast and stay healthy and make plays when given the chance. I am in another sport right now but I am active. It is not like I am at home sitting on the couching eating potato chips.”
Goodwin isn’t alone in training for the Olympics, his wife will be by his side.
“She compete in the 100 meter hurdles. She will competing as well at the Olympic Trials and she has a shot too. Hopefully we can make history in that area as well.”