David Wilson was forced to walk away from the NFL a couple weeks back because of a neck injury. Doctors advised him to discontinue playing football, and Wilson made the right call to retire before he seriously injured himself.
But it appears his athletic career won’t be coming to an end after all. Wilson recently told For The Win that he plans to train for, and hopefully compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Wilson was a two-time triple jump national champion in high school, and also an All-American at Virginia Tech. Speaking of school, he also plans to go back and finish his degree:
“I’ll be going back to school to get my degree and training for the Olympics. That’s something I really want to aspire to do now. I was the national champion twice in high school junior and senior year and was an All-American in college,” said Wilson.
“When I was involved in football, that’s all I was thinking about was football. That’s not bad in my situation, because the person I am, I know I can make track. I’m strong enough to know that there’s more to life than that. Some people might have taken it more heavy if they took the same approach I had as just focusing on one thing,” he added.
What a story it would be if Wilson is able to make the Rio Games. It’s a shame his football career is over, but at least he still has lofty athletic goals to keep him going.