Marquise Goodwin

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Marquise Goodwin
No. 88 Buffalo Bills
Position: Wide receiver / kickoff returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-11-19) November 19, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth: Lubbock, Texas
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 179 lb (81 kg)
Career information
High school: Rowlett (TX)
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2016
Receptions: 32
Receiving yards: 607
Receiving touchdowns: 6
Total return yards: 468
Player stats at

Marquise Derell Goodwin (born November 19, 1990) is an American football wide receiver and kickoff returner for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL) and an Olympian who competes in the long jump in track and field. He was drafted by the Bills in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas.

In track and field, his specialty is the long jump, an event in which he won two national college championships. Goodwin represented the United States at the 2008 IAAF World junior championships, the 2011 World University games, the 2011 IAAF World Championships, the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the 2015 Pan American Games, where he won silver. He has competed as a long jumper and sprinter, and has been a top competitor in the 60 meters and 100 meters dashes, and the triple jump.

Early years[edit]

Goodwin was born in Lubbock, Texas. He attended Rowlett High School in Rowlett, Texas, and played high school football and competed in track and field for the Rowlett Eagles. He had the second fastest 100-meter time (10.24w) in the state, was the state champion in the triple jump and long jump, and was a member of the state title-winning 4×100-meter relay team.[1] He won seven Texas Class 5A state track and field championships while he was at Rowlett. He also finished first in the long jump at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Bydgoszcz, Poland,[2] and first again at the 2008 and 2009 United States Junior Championships. At the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Goodwin set the national high school record in the long jump and placed fifth (8.18 meters; 26 feet 10 inches).[3][4][5]

As a Rowlett Eagles football player, he caught 132 passes for 1,709 yards (12.95 average) and 17 touchdowns during his high school career.[6]

College career[edit]

Goodwin received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He played for coach Mack Brown's Texas Longhorns football team from 2009 to 2012, and also competed for the Texas Longhorns track and field team from 2010 to 2012.

College track and field[edit]

Goodwin was a two-time NCAA champion in the long jump (2010, 2012) and a four-time All-American in track and field. He won five Big 12 Conference championships and made the All-Big 12 team seven times. He is the Longhorns' indoor record holder in the long jump and was the runner-up for the 2012 NCAA Indoor long jump title.

He won the 2011 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field long jump title with a personal-best 27 feet 4 inches (8.33 meters).

He chose not to compete in the 2013 NCAA track and field seasons in indoor or outdoor.

College football[edit]

In his career, Goodwin started 21 of the 49 games in which he appeared, including the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. His final career statistics included 116 receptions for 1296 yards and 6 touchdowns, 45 times for 341 yards and 44 kickoff returns for 985 yards and one touchdown. He also returned a punt for 22 yards.

Some of his key plays include his first touchdown of his 2009 freshman year, a game-winning touchdown in a 16-13 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners.[7] Goodwin also returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to seal the Longhorns' win over Texas A&M Aggies.[8]

In the 2012 season, Goodwin was named a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy.[9]

In the 2012 Alamo Bowl versus Oregon State, Goodwin rushed for a 64-yard touchdown, and caught the game-winning, 36-yard touchdown pass—an effort that was good enough to earn him the game's Offensive Most Valuable Player trophy.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 9 in 192 lb 4.27[10] s 1.50 s 2.41 s 4.09 s 6.66 s 42 in 11 ft 0 in 13 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[11]

After posting the third-fastest 40 time ever at the NFL scouting combine, Goodwin was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round, with the 78th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft.[12]

On May 10, 2013, Goodwin signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills, where he also practiced in his first day of Rookie Minicamp.[13]

He caught his first career touchdown Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals, a 40-yard pass from Thaddeus Lewis. Goodwin played 12 games in his rookie season of 2013 making 17 receptions for 283 receiving yards. He also had 16 kickoff return opportunities totaling 351 returning yards.

In 2014, hobbled by numerous injuries (concussion, ankle, ribs, hamstring), he caught only 1 pass for 42 yards.

Track career[edit]

Marquise Goodwin
Marquise Goodwin 2012 Olympics.jpg
Marquise Goodwin at the 2012 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg)
Country United States United States
Sport Track and Field
Event(s) Long Jump, 60m, 100m, 200m, 4x100, Triple Jump
College team University of Texas
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Long Jump: 8.45m, (Guadeloupe 2016)
  • 60m: 6.67s, (Portland Convention Center 2016)
  • 100m: 10.24ws (10.24w), (Austin, TX 2009)
  • 200m: 21.24s, (Austin, TX 2009)
  • Triple Jump: 15.38m, (Austin, TX 2009)

Goodwin made the 2012 United States Olympic team in the long jump with a career-best and meet-best mark of 8.33m (27-04.25) at the US Olympic Team Trials, a jump that would have been good enough to win the gold medal at the following Olympics.

At the Olympics, he qualified for the finals on his first jump of 8.11m (26-7), but he failed to match that performance in the finals and finished in 10th place.[14]

In 2015, after a three-year absence, he returned to track and field. In his first event back, despite jumping a career best 8.37m (27-05.5), he finished in 4th place, just missing qualification for the World Championship.[15] A month later, at the 2015 Pan Am Games, he earned a silver medal with a jump of 8.27m (27-1)[16]

In 2016, Goodwin had a good year. He won the long jump at the Rod McCravy Invitational in Kentucky and placed third in the Millrose Games in New York. In New York he also placed 6th in the 60m dash, with a then career best 6.68s.[17] In March, he placed 3rd at the United States Track and Field Indoor Championships while also making it to the semifinals in the 60-meter dash with another personal best.[18] He won the long jump at the Meeting Region Guadeloupe with a personal best mark of 8.45m (27-08.75), also a world-leading mark at the time of the meet.[19] Then a month later, he won the long jump at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Birmingham, UK.[20] However, his dream of returning to the Olympics came up short when he finished a disappointing 7th at the Olympic Trials in July. His best jump of 8.25m was well below his best jumps of the year, which would have been enough to qualify.[21]


Goodwin is married to former Longhorn hurdler champion Morgan Goodwin-Snow.


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  3. ^ Future Longhorn Marquise Goodwin sets national high school record in long jump at U.S.; Championships
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  15. ^ Alpur, Josh. "Marquise Goodwin finishes fourth in long jump at U.S. championships". NBC Sports. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  16. ^ Capel, Jim. "Marquise Goodwin happy with 'surreal' silver medal". ESPN. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  17. ^ Casey, Tim (2 March 2016). "EVEN AFTER ACHIEVING HIS NFL DREAM, MARQUISE GOODWIN STILL HAS OLYMPIC Hopes". Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "2016 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships Final Results". Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Goodwin soars to 8.45m long jump in Guadeloupe". IAAF. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  20. ^ "IAAF Diamond League Birmingham 2016 Results" (PDF). Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  21. ^ Young, Shalise Manza (5 July 2016). "Bills' Marquise Goodwin falls short at Olympic trials". Retrieved 10 July 2016. 

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