With NFL Career Cut Short, David Wilson Sets Sights On The Olympics

| by Jonathan Wolfe

You’re probably aware that electric New York Giants running back David Wilson had his career cut short by injury earlier this month. After suffering his second neck injury in less than a year, doctors told him it simply wasn’t safe for him to play football anymore.

In a thoughtful and well-spoken retirement speech, Wilson told fans not to pity him. He’d lived out one of his lifelong dreams, he said, and was thankful to leave football on two feet.

“Don’t for a second think that I’m pitying myself or sad, because I got to live my dream,” Wilson explained. “I’ll set another dream and be great at that.”

What is that next dream? Wilson revealed it during an interview with FTW, and it should bring a smile to every fan’s face.

He's gunning for a spot on Team USA in the Olympics.

Those familiar with Wilson will remember that in addition to his football stardom, he was an All-American in the triple jump at Virginia Tech. Starting now, he’ll be working to translate that success to the Olympic level.

“I’ll be going back to school to get my degree and training for the Olympics,” Wilson said. “That’s something I really 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].”

As FTW notes, Wilson’s best triple jump in college was 16.2 meters. That would have been good for 10th place during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Though that number wouldn’t have made the cut, he did the jump as a football player running track on the side. With full-time track training, Wilson has a chance to make his dream a reality.