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An Olympian turned a touchdown celebration into a track and field homage for the second time in a six-day span on Thursday night.

Marquise Goodwin burned former All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis for an 84-yard score in the Buffalo Bills-New York Jets game and then did an abbreviated long jump, complete with a hitch kick.

Goodwin, 25, finished 10th in the London Olympic long jump. Then he took nearly three years off from track and field to focus on football.

He returned to the long jump in 2015, and this year, Goodwin had the two best jumps in the world going into the U.S. Olympic Trials. Goodwin would finish seventh at the Trials after straining a hamstring in qualifying.

Last Saturday, Rio Olympic 110m hurdles fifth-place finisher Devon Allen paid respect to his track event after a 77-yard touchdown catch for the University of Oregon.

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Record number of NFL players could compete at Rio Olympics

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In Olympic history, one athlete with prior NFL regular-season experience is believed to have competed at the Games — Herschel Walker in bobsled at the Albertville 1992 Winter Olympics.

That number will very likely increase this summer.

At least five athletes who have played in the NFL are in the mix for Olympic spots between two sports — track and field and rugby.

If all five make it to the Olympics, they will break the record for NFL players at one Olympics, believed by Olympic historians to be the four at the Rome 1960 Games.

All four of those 1960 athletes, and all other NFL Olympians other than Walker, competed at the Games before they became NFL players.

Which makes this year’s crop all the more special:

Buffalo Bills wide receiver/long jumper Marquise Goodwin is the likeliest to qualify for Rio. He finished 10th at the London 2012 Games before playing in the NFL, took nearly three years off from long jumping and returned last year.

On Saturday, Goodwin leaped 8.45 meters, the farthest in the world this year. Goodwin will make his second Olympic team if he finishes in the top three at the U.S. Olympic Trials on July 3 in Eugene, Ore.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts return specialist Jeff Demps could also make his second Olympic track and field team. Demps, a 4x100m relay member in London, is sprinting for the first time in three years.

Demps ranks tied for seventh among U.S. men in the 100m this year. It’s likely the top six at the U.S. Olympic Trials, also on July 3, will be named to the Olympic 4x100m relay pool.

Then there’s former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best, who is reportedly trying to make the Saint Lucia Olympic track and field team in the 100m. Best’s status is complicated by a citizenship process.

In rugby, New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner is going for the U.S. Olympic team. It was reported last month the head coach said Ebner had a “50-50” chance of making it.

A key will be whether Ebner is named to the 12-man U.S. team for this week’s World Series final leg in London. The Olympic team, which will be named some time after London, will also be 12 men.

Finally on Sunday, San Francisco 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne announced his abrupt retirement from the NFL to pursue a place on Fiji’s Olympic rugby team.

That news was stunning, given Fiji is about to clinch its second straight World Series title and doesn’t appear to be in need of outside help given its World Series success.

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Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin eyes Rio Olympics

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver and long jumper Marquise Goodwin will compete in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in July in an attempt to make his second Olympic team, according to ESPN.com.

“I’ll be doing track this offseason,” Goodwin said, according to the report. “Just trying to accomplish all the dreams I set out to do, while I can, while I’m still able-bodied. As I mentioned plenty of times before, I got a sister who never walked a day in her life. And if she had the ability to do something, she’d do it to the best of her ability, everything she could. So why not take advantage of what I have, the blessings that I was blessed with, instead of just limiting myself to football, when I could be [competing in] two sports.”

Goodwin, 25, played in two games for the Bills this season, catching two passes, before being placed on injured reserve with a rib injury in October.

On June 25, Goodwin placed fourth in the U.S. Outdoor Championships long jump in his first competition since finishing 10th at the London Olympics. The top three made the team for last August’s World Championships.

Goodwin ranked No. 7 overall in the U.S. in the long jump in 2015, according to USA Track and Field. The top three in the Olympic trials final July 3 are in line to make the Rio Olympic team.

The Rio Olympic long jump final is Aug. 13, a date that fell during Week 1 of the NFL preseason schedule last year.

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