Former Giant, Wilson jumps into new career

Former Giant, Wilson jumps into new career
August 18, 2014, 3:00 pm
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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

All is not lost athletically for David Wilson. The former Giants running back was forced into retirement due to a serious neck injury. While his football career ended prematurely, Wilson is turning his focus to track and field. 

According to the New York Post, the 23-year-old will soon begin training full time to compete in the triple jump. His ultimate goal is to make the US Olympic team for the 2016 summer games in Brazil. 

“That's where I want to go,” Wilson told The Post. “It's like playing football. You don't grow up wanting to play in the Canadian League. Everyone wants to play in the NFL. That's the mindset I have. I want to compete in the best meets. I'm excited to get back into it.”

Track and field is no new venture for Wilson. While at Virginia Tech he was named an All-American in 2011, finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships with a jump of 53 feet, 1.74 inches. 

In addition to training Wilson plans to finish up his undergraduate degree. Although he's just two weeks removed from a once promising NFL career, the former first round pick has no regrets for how things ended. 

“That's the positive about it, that I'm not in any pain,” Wilson said. “I didn't leave the game on a stretcher or in a wheelchair. I don't need crutches or a cane to help me. I can still do what I want to do. I'm still in the mindset where I want to compete at a high level.”