The NFL Career of running back David Wilson came to an end after a diagnosis with spinal stenosis.
Now Wilson has set his sights on the 2016 Rio Olympics with an eye to competing in the triple jump.
“I’ll be going back to school to get my degree and training for the Olympics,” Wilson said via USA Today’s FTW. “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].“
Wilson’s personal best in the triple jump is 53 feet, 1 3/4 inches, while the qualifying mark for the 2012 Olympics was about 54 feet, 6 1/2 inches.
The former New York Giants first round pick of 2012 is also expected to see some broadcasting work this year.
“When I was involved in football, that’s all I was thinking about was football,” Wilson said. “That’s not bad in my situation, because the person I am, I know I can make track. I’m strong enough to know that there’s more to life than that. Some people might have taken it more heavy if they took the same approach I had as just focusing on one thing.”