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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Former NFL running back Isaiah Pead
Former NFL running back Isaiah Pead
CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 24: Isaiah Pead #23 of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs for a touchdown during the Big East Conference game against the Louisville Cardinals at Nippert Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 05: Isaiah Pead #23 of the Cincinnati Bearcats celebrates following their win against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers on December 5, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 5: Running back Isaiah Pead #23 of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats runs with the ball during the game against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on December 5, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cincinnati won 45-44. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Isaiah Pead #23 of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs with the ball during the Big East Conference game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Nippert Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pittsburgh won 28-10. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 05: Isaiah Pead #23 of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Panthers on November 5, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 12: Isaiah Pead #24 of the St. Louis Rams looks on against the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 12, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - AUGUST 8, 2013: Kick returner Isaiah Pead #24 of the St. Louis Rams returns a kickoff during a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns won 27-19. (Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 29: Isaiah Pead #24 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against the Baltimore Ravens during a pre-season game at the Edward Jones Dome on August 29, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 29: Isaiah Pead #22 of the Miami Dolphins breaks a tackle by Michael Johnson #90 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 29, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 31: Former Cincinnati Bearcats and NFL running back Isaiah Pead is introduced during the game against the Austin Peay Governors and the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on August 31st, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Austin Peay 26-14. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - AUGUST 25: Linebacker Philip Wheeler #41 of the Atlanta Falcons make a tackle against Runningback Isaiah Pead #22 of the Miami Dolphins during a preseason game at Camping World Stadium on August 25, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Falcons 17 to 6. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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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.