Marquise Goodwin plans to jump back into track and field.
The 49ers’ wide receiver said Tuesday he will try to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo in the long jump. Goodwin, 28, was a two-time NCAA champion at Texas, has won two national titles and finished 10th at the 2012 London Olympics, which he entered as medal contender.
Goodwin, who hasn’t competed in track for three years, said his return wouldn’t interfere with his NFL career. He also competed in track in 2015 and 2016 when he played for the Bills. He finished seventh at the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials and failed to qualify the Rio de Janeiro Games.
“It’s just offseason,” Goodwin said. “... It’s all on my off time. I use it as part of my training. What I do in long jump — track and field — definitely correlates to what I do as a wide receiver. Being fast. Being explosive. Putting my foot down. It’s the same mechanics that I use in football.”
The 2020 U.S. Olympics trials in Eugene, Ore., will run June 19-28, when the 49ers are off before training camp. Goodwin would miss part of training camp if he qualified for the Tokyo Games, which begin in late July.
In 2017, a few months after he signed with the 49ers, Goodwin and the 49ers each said in statements that he was focused fully on football. They made those statements after Goodwin was suspended for one year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for failing to provide his whereabouts for drug testing.