While his blazing speed has not yet translated into much NFL success, Marquise Goodwin's legs look poised to carry him to the podium at the Rio Olympics in August.
The two-time NCAA long jump champion (2010, 2012) competed for the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic Games in London where he finished 10th overall with a best of 7.8 meters (25.59 feet).
The Bills nabbed the University of Texas product in the third round of the 2013 draft after the track star turned heads with a 4.27 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
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Now focused on track and field for the past several months, Goodwin registered a 8.42 (27.62) leap at a competition in London on Sunday. Together with his personal record and also a world-best 8.45 (27.72 feet) in May, Goodwin has the top two jumps of 2016.
Check out some footage of Goodwin walking on air:
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It's been tougher sledding on the gridiron where he's suffered through a spate of injuries in 2014 and 2015. Through three seasons he's caught 20 passes in 24 games played for 349 yards and three touchdowns. Goodwin has one year left on his rookie contract.
Goodwin will compete for a spot on U.S. Olympic team in July at the trials at Eugene, Oregon. Should it work out in his favor he may miss some of the Bills' training camp but said he'll figure that out with head coach Rex Ryan.
"I'll be doing track this offseason," Goodwin told ESPN in January. "Just trying to accomplish all the dreams I set out to do, while I can, while I'm still able-bodied. As I mentioned plenty of times before, I got a sister who never walked a day in her life. And if she had the ability to do something, she'd do it to the best of her ability, everything she could. So why not take advantage of what I have, the blessings that I was blessed with, instead of just limiting myself to football, when I could be [competing in] two sports."