Two years ago, Isaiah Pead was a running back who could no longer run. Now, Pead is gunning for a gold medal.
Pead, who lost part of his leg in a one-car accident in 2016, is in the early stages of learning how to sprint using a prosthetic leg and hopes to not only compete in the 2020 Paralympic Games, but win gold.
“There's only one reason to compete, right? Pead told TMZ Sports. “The first one is in 2020 and I was actually just talking to my friends…we were talking about 'What's your goals?”
Pead's biggest strengths as a running back were his speed and elusiveness. The former second-round pick ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the 2012 Scouting Combine. Pead also has experience as a sprinter, having won state championships in the 100 meters and 400 meters in high school.
Pead, 28, said he will focus on the 400-meter dash and hopes to compete in the 2020, 2024 and 2028 Paralympics.
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While he still needs to get comfortable running with a prosthetic leg before being able to train, Pead believes he will be able to eventually compete with the best Paralympic athletes in the world.
“I don't know who's (on) the leaderboards right now, but I'm coming. ...If they let me on the track, I'm going for the gold, period,” Pead said.
Pead spent parts of four seasons with the Rams before spending time with the Steelers and Dolphins prior to his career-ending injury.