By Jim Caple
EUGENE, Ore. — After advancing through the preliminary round of the men’s long jump on Saturday, Marquise Goodwin said it was his dream to win an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring, both of which “are very hard to attain.”
That’s especially true for Goodwin now. One, he’s a receiver for the Buffalo Bills, who have never won a Super Bowl and haven’t been to the playoffs in 16 years. Two, despite having had the two longest leaps in the world earlier this year, he failed to make the U.S. Olympic team in Sunday’s trials final. Goodwin finished seventh with a jump of 27 feet, ¾ inches, more than a foot short of Jeffery Henderson’s winning jump of 28 2 ¼ inches.
“At the time, it’s frustrating, but you really can’t dwell on that,” Goodwin said of not making his second Olympic team. “Life is too good to harp on a situation like that. Maybe at the time I can be a little disappointed, but now I’m alive, and there is so much more to look forward to.”
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