It turns out D.K. Metcalf isn't the only NFL wide receiver who wants to compete against Olympic athletes this offseason. Chicago Bears wideout Marquise Goodwin is hoping to earn a bid for the Tokyo Olympics this weekend.
Goodwin, a two-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American in track and field, will compete in the men’s long jump qualifier on Friday.
Back in 2012, Goodwin represented the United States at the Olympics in London. This isn't unfamiliar territory for him, but it might be a bit more challenging for him to qualify this time around since he's 30 years old.
Regardless of the result this Friday, football fans are applauding Goodwin for putting his athletic gifts to the test against world-class athletes.
Earlier this week, Goodwin shared a video of the track for the Olympic trials on his Twitter account.
"The energy at Olympic trials is fire," Goodwin tweeted. "Just left the track… what an opportunity. Thank you lord."
Bears head coach Matt Nagy has been very supportive of Goodwin's decision. In fact, he recently spoke to the media about the wide receiver's mindset heading into the qualifier.
“Anytime you have an Olympic mentality you are different,” Nagy said, via Bears Wire. “That’s a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour regime that you are keeping your body in shape. … For him [Goodwin], that’s never going to change.”
The long jump qualifier on Friday will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.