Bills WR Marquise Goodwin knows how lucky he is. In a league as cut throat as the NFL, being given the opportunity to take a hiatus from football to pursue his Olympic dream of a gold medal in the long jump is a rarity. But head coach Rex Ryan and his offensive coaches have supported Goodwin’s dream wholeheartedly and the receiver is grateful for the organization’s backing.
Goodwin who was given the freedom to skip mandatory minicamp knowing he’s embroiled in Olympic training, decided on his own to attend minicamp though he won’t be practicing this week.
“The whole staff has been very supportive,” Goodwin said. “I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity that’s been presented to me. It’s one of those deals where I have to come see my teammates. I have to come see the coaches, and it’s good to be around. It wasn’t mandatory for me really, Rex kind of let me off the hook, but I thought it would be good to just come see the team and be around. (I’m) trying to feed off of the energy that they have here. I hadn’t seen those guys for awhile, so seeing them kind of uplifted my spirits.”
Goodwin realizes that transitioning on the fly back to football will be a challenge, but its one he feels he can accomplish having done it before when he was in college.
“I’m not new to this; this isn’t my first time transitioning from track to football, or football to track,” Goodwin said. “In the 2012 Olympics, I came right off the plane and went to practice at UT (University of Texas) and hopped right in with no hesitation, no problems. I know this is the NFL and I respect that, and I respect the work that my teammates have been putting in, but I don’t really feel like I’m going to be too far behind because I’ve been working too.
“I think it’ll be a smooth transition. I’m probably the most fit I’ve been in my life. I’m at a healthy weight. I feel good, I feel great, and it’s just a great time for me.”
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