Former Giants running back David Wilson eyes Olympics

David Wilson, who retired from football two weeks ago, plans to go back to school and compete in...

David Wilson, who retired from football two weeks ago, plans to go back to school and compete in the triple jump. (Reuters)

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Former New York Giants running back David Wilson wants to get his athletics career back on track by pursuing the Olympics.

Wilson, whose NFL career ended two weeks ago when doctors recommended he give up football because of a serious neck injury, is taking aim at the 2016 Games in Rio as a triple jumper, according to USA Today.

“I’ll be going back to school to get my degree and training for the Olympics,” Wilson said Monday. “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 placed sixth at the 2011 NCAA championships in the triple jump and believes he could do much better than his career-best effort of 16.20 meters given the opportunity to train full time.

“Because the person I am, I know I can make track,” the 23-year-old Wilson said. “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.”

Wilson was limited to two injury-shortened seasons with the Giants before he was hurt again during training camp last month and decided to step away from the game. He finished his career with 504 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.


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