Former NY Giant who left NFL for injury attempts to make Olympics in track and field

Former NFL running back David Wilson had to end his football career after neck injuries, but is back competing in professional sports after rediscovering his track talents.

Wilson, 23, who played for the New York Giants, will compete in the triple jump at the Adidas Grand Prix NYC on Saturday

He had looked forward to a promising career as a running back after being taken in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, but chose to step away from the game after less than two full seasons.

‘I got to live my dream,’ Wilson said at an August press conference announcing the decision. ‘I’ll set another dream, and be great at that’.

Now Wilson’s dream, competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, are closer to a reality as he makes his first professional track appearance.’

The event in New York will be his last chance to qualify for the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Oregon later this month, according to NJ.com.

‘Fresh off hamstring injury but last meet to make USA championships. Gotta suck it up and make the mark,’ he said on Instagram.

Wilson was known for his speed, as well as his ability to do standing backflips after touchdowns, while with the Giants.

He was a national champion in the triple jump when he ran track in high school and also finished sixth in the event nationally his senior year at Virginia Tech.

His NFL team officially released him in February after he was injured in a 2013 game and told that he could become seriously injured if he played football again.

Doctors said that he suffered from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal.

He announced his retirement in an emotional speech last year after having to leave a practice during a come back attempt.

Wilson faces a tough journey on the road to a possible Rio appearance, with the minimum distance to qualify for the Olympics in 2012 at 54 feet, 6 ½ inches, according to the New York Daily News.

The former NFL star said that his personal best was 53 feet, 1 ¾ inches.

Saturday’s grand prix will include some of the world’s best triple jumpers, including American William Claye, who won a silver medal in 2012 with a jump of 57 feet 9  ¾ inches.

Source: The DailyMail

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