Bills WR Marquise Goodwin claims spot in US long jump finals

USC wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson wasn’t the only football player to claim a spot in the final round of the US long jump trials on Saturday. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Maquise Goodwin did that as well as he claimed the final spot for the last round.

Goodwin was a track and field star during his time with the Texas Longhorns, but he never got the chance to try for the Olympics while in college. He will get that chance on Sunday as he competes against 11 others for the spot in the Rio Olympics.

The receiver took the last spot for the US long jump trials after he jumped a 25-8 during the event on Saturday. That landed him a spot for Sunday’s final round, but he didn’t seem to concerned about just barely qualifying for the final spot.

“That was the goal — just advance to the finals,” Goodwin told the Buffalo News. “I’m not out here trying to break the world record. I’m just trying to get things moving in the right direction. . . . Four years ago, I got 10th or 11th overall in the prelims, and I ended up winning the finals. It doesn’t matter what you do today, honestly. Just gotta come back and refocus. It’s a new day.”

Right now, Marquise Goodwin is considered one of the favorites to win a gold medal in Rio if he is able to make it down to South America. If he is able to win a medal for his country and later help the Bills to a playoff spot or a division title, that would be a great year for the young man.

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USC WR Adoree’ Jackson qualifies for US long jump finals
USC WR Adoree’ Jackson qualifies for US long jump finals