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Bills' Marquise Goodwin Wins Silver Medal in Long Jump at Pan Am Games

Bills' Marquise Goodwin Wins Silver Medal in Long Jump at Pan Am Games

NFL wide receiver even competed in the event at London Olympics in 2012.

Published July 23, 2015

Marquise Goodwin is one of the more explosive athletes that you'll find in the NFL and the overall sports scene, period.

How else could you explain the Buffalo Bills' wide receiver winning a silver medal in the long jump at the Pan Am Games with a leap of 27 feet, 1 3/4 inches (8.27 meters)? In fact, according to the Associated Press, fellow American Jeffery Henderson just managed to edge the 24-year-old wide-out with a jump of 28-0 1/4 (8.54 meters) to win the gold medal.

Competing in the long jump isn't anything new for Goodwin. The 5-foot-9, 179-pound powerhouse was crowned a two-time NCAA long jump champion during his years at the University of Texas and even finished 10th in the event at the London Olympics of 2012.

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The Pan Am Games being in Toronto made it an easy commute for Goodwin, who simply crossed Buffalo's border to the bubbling Canadian city. If he plans on making the long jump at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics of 2016...now that will be a harder task to juggle with NFL training camp taking place the same time in August.

A third-round selection of the 2013 NFL Draft, Goodwin saw limited playing time with the Bills last season, only targeted nine times and hauling in one reception for 42 yards.

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(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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