Former Giants David Wilson to pursue an Olympics career
Earlier this month, following another injury to his neck, former New York Giants running back David Wilson was advised to never play another down of football. Heeding this advice, Wilson promptly retired from the NFL. During his tearful goodbye, Wilson told reporters that he planned on setting a new dream and being great at whatever that might be.
“I’ll set another dream and be great at that because I always look at trying to be great at whatever I do,” Wilson told reporters.
Today, while talking to USA Today’s For The Win, Wilson detailed his plans to try and become a member of the Olympic triple jump team in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“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].“
According to For The Win, Wilson’s best career triple jump was 16.20 meters, which placed him sixth in the 2011 NCAA Championships. A triple jump of 16.20 meters would have placed Wilson tenth in the final heat of the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials in 2012.
Wilson will have to dedicate more time to an Olympic career but finishing sixth best at the 2011 NCAA Championship should give Wilson a chance to at least make the 2016 Rio Olympic team. Certainly, he has the physical tools to make a run (no pun intended) at making the 2016 team.
Hopefully, Wilson is successful in his next career.