One-time New York Giants first-round pick, David Wilson, may have seen his NFL career cut short due to multiple neck injuries and genetic spinal stenosis, but that does not necessarily mean his entire athletic career has also gone out the window. And while he can't take the risk of absorbing contact like he would playing professional football, Wilson has no running or jumping restrictions and subsequently believes he can return to the sport of Track and Field.
"I really like broadcasting, but on a different level, I want to compete and go back to track and compete in the triple jump," Wilson told Pro Football Talk. "I was National champion in High School — junior and senior years in doors.
"I think if I really focus, I can compete with the top-tier athletes in that event."
Wilson added that his goal would be to appear in the Olympics, which isn't nearly as far-fetched as some would believe. In fact, shortly after his forced "retirement" from the NFL, Wilson's Virginia Tech track coach, Charles Foster, said he fully expected to not only hear from Wilson, but to see him soon because he's too competitive and too talented to walk away from sports entirely.
"I’ve certainly talked to my colleagues about it," Foster told The Star-Ledger. "He will come here in due time and I’m going to advise him. I’ve been one of his closest associates. I’m going to advise him on his options.
"As far as his jumping ability, he can jump out of a gym. He can jump out of a football stadium. I have a feeling he’s going to come back and talk to me about jumping again."
Despite dabbling in Track and Field as nothing more than a hobby outside of football, Wilson finished sixth nationally in the triple jump and was named an All-American during his senior season — all while participating at his football weight. Needless to say, the naturally athletic Wilson certainly has a chance to excel if he desires to do so. Accordingly, don't let your jaw hit the floor if you see him on the US Olympic Team in the very near future.
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