With no current NFL players heading to the Tokyo 2020/2021 Olympics, could we see more players attempt to make the Olympics over the next few years? Let’s take a look at some current, former, and future NFL players who may have their eyes set on heading to Paris in 2024.
Which current NFL players could compete in the Olympics?
Let’s take a look at some current NFL players who could have designs on the Olympics in the future?
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks | 100m
D.K. Metcalf attempted to qualify for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo but missed the qualifying time by 0.32 seconds. He could attempt to qualify again for the 2024 Olympics in Paris. However, he could also turn his hand to other sports, such as following the likes of Herschel Walker in trying his hand at the bobsled team.
Anthony Schwartz, WR, Cleveland Browns | 100m
Anthony Schwartz has a history on the track, setting a Boy’s World Youth best of 10.15 in the 100m back in 2017. His personal best of 10.09 was set in Alberquerque, New Mexico, in 2018 and was a world-leading performance for the under-20 age group. He won gold in the 4x100m relay at the World U20 Championships in 2018. He could be the next among the ranks of NFL players to attempt to qualify for the Olympics.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Chicago Bears | Long Jump
After representing the United States at London 2012, Marquise Goodwin attempted to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in June 2021. Unfortunately, he failed to qualify for the second straight Olympic cycle, finishing 19th. Nevertheless, in 2016, Goodwin showed his ability to compete by winning an IAAF Diamond League event in Birmingham, England. If his NFL career stalls in the coming years, he could potentially turn his focus back to improving his performances in the long jump, as well as considering other sports such as bobsled.
Nate Ebner, Special Teams, New York Giants | Rugby Sevens
Another NFL player who has already been to the Olympics is Nate Ebner, competing in the Rugby Sevens at Rio 2016. He rejoined the national setup in March 2021, intending to go to Tokyo. However, he withdrew in June 2021, citing recovery from offseason surgery. He will be 35 when the next Olympics comes around in 2024 and could be in the running to represent the national team again.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs | 200m
With the nickname of “Cheetah,” Tyreek Hill could turn his attention to the Olympics and be part of the next wave of NFL players to attempt to qualify for the games. Hill won 4x100m gold at the World Junior Championships and recorded a career-best 100m time of 9.98 seconds back in 2013.
Justin Flowe, LB, Oregon | Decathlon
NFL players have a rich history of competing in the decathlon at the Olympics. A player like Flowe could reignite that tradition. The Oregon linebacker is an all-around athlete who could potentially hold his own across several events. Still, his immediate focus is on Oregon and the NFL. But it is fun to imagine the super-athletic linebacker lining up for Team USA in 2024 as a decathlete.
Former NFL players who could be competing for the Olympics
Which former NFL players could be attempting to make a run at an Olympic spot?
Jared Allen, Marc Bulger, Vernon Davis | Curling
This one may seem a little off the wall, but Jared Allen, Marc Bulger, and Vernon Davis have taken a keen interest in the sport of curling. Davis was the honorary captain for the U.S. curling team in Vancouver, Sochi, and Pyeongchang. Meanwhile, Allen and Bulger entered a World Curling Tour event in 2018. They are reportedly looking to qualify for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.
Lawrence Okoye | Discus
While he is not technically considered amongst NFL players since he did not play in a regular-season game, Lawrence Okoye looks set to be heading to the Olympics in 2021 as part of the Great Britain team. Okoye reached the discus final at the London 2012 Olympics. He also recently won the event at the 2021 European Athletics Team Championships.
NFL players likely to target Los Angeles 2028
There had been whispers that American football may return to the Olympics in Paris 2024. Yet, the more likely situation would see the sport return in some form at Los Angeles 2028. There have been discussions that the NFL and International Federation of Football (IFAF) will support a bid for flag football at the 2028 Olympics.
If that is the case, it could be the perfect opportunity for NFL or college football players to represent their country in the Olympics. The non-contact nature of flag football would mean that NFL teams would be more likely to allow their players to go and compete just before the start of the 2028 NFL season.
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