SANTA CLARA — Marquise Goodwin is a man of many interests.
When it’s football season, he plays football. When it’s not football season, he prefers track and field.
On Tuesday, Goodwin confirmed to reporters he will compete in the “40 yards of gold” race on June 29 along with 15 other NFL players, and try out for the U.S. Olympic team as a long-jumper in 2020.
“I’m 100% interested (in participating in the Olympics),” Goodwin said in the 49ers’ media room. “It’s all on my off time. I use it as part of my training. What I do, long jump, track and field, it definitely correlates with what I do as a receiver — being fast, being explosive. It’s the same mechanics that I use in football. They go hand-in-hand with each other.”
Goodwin, 28, competed as a long jumper in the 2012 Olympics and finished 10th. In 2016, while a member of the Buffalo Bills, Goodwin tried to return to the Olympics, but failed to qualify during the Olympic trials in July.
The trials for the 2020 Olympics will take place next summer in Eugene, Oregon, from June 19-28. If Goodwin qualifies, he will join the U.S. track and field team in Tokyo for the Olympic Games from July 24 to August 9. Meaning he would miss the first two weeks of 49ers training camp.
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