Former New York Giants running back David Wilson is now training for the 2016 olympics now that his NFL career is over after suffering a serious neck injury.
Wilson has been training to enter the games as a triple-jumper. He was a stand out track and field star at Virginia Tech.
“I’ve been training. No time to waste, for real, because the guys I’ll be competing against have been doing this while I was training for football,” Wilson said Monday at Citi Field. “I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running.”
The 23-year-old Virginia native said he has already begun preparing for the track and field event — his personal best in college was a jump of 53 feet, 1-3/4 inches at a 2011 NCAA meet in Iowa (the 2012 gold medalist, American Christian Taylor, jumped 58 feet, 5-1/4 inches) — and plans to do the bulk of his workouts and training at his college alma mater. “That’s where my coach is. I’m looking forward to working with him, and seeing what I can do,” said Wilson. “I really don’t know (how far) I can go. I just know where I want to go with it.”
Wilson spoke with 150 11 to 14-year-olds Monday at the Mets’ home ball park, part of the “Citi Kids” program that strives to instill positive values for New York City students. It’s a collaboration between Citi, the Mets and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.