Who is New York Jets star Carl Lawson's girlfriend? Meet Olympian Rachel Dincoff

Joshua Rogers July 22, 2021
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Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson is preparing for his first season with the New York Jets after signing with them in March. However, ahead of the upcoming NFL season, Lawson’s girlfriend Rachel Dincoff is competing at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Carl Lawson and Rachel Dincoff appear in interview together

Ahead of the ’21 NFL season, Lawson sat down with Good Morning Football to discuss his hopes and expectations for the upcoming year.

He is a DE for the New York Jets after signing a three-year, $45 million contract with the organisation in March of this year.

Carl Lawson’s girlfriend is Olympian Rachel Dincoff, who joined him in the interview.

You can watch the interview in full here.

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How did they meet?

Carl Lawson and Rachel Dincoff met while attending Auburn University in 2013.

During the early years of their relationship, the couple lived apart in order to follow their dreams of becoming professional athletes.

Lawson was in Cincinnati, after being drafted by the Bengals, while Dincoff was in New Mexico training for the 2020 Olympics. They would often go months at a time without seeing each other.

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

In 2018, Dincoff told ESPN: “We’re in no rush to get married or have kids. We’ve had these dreams longer than we’ve known each other.

“These are our priorities. We’ve got to make these happen so we feel satisfied inside. I think our relationship… we just kind of complement each other. We understand each other and each other’s situations.

“It works out to be a really healthy situation. We’ve been very blessed to be able to make this work and not feel like we’re losing each other.”

Clearly they made things work, as the two remain together to this day.

More on Rachel, including her involvement at the Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics represents Dincoff’s first Olympic Games, where she is competing in the discus.

The 27-year-old also competed in shot put while at Auburn University.

Her personal best in the event was 16.76m at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

In Tokyo she will focus on discus after finishing third at the US Olympic Trials, throwing 197ft, 6in.

Her personal best is 211ft 4in.

Qualifying for the finals takes place on 31 July with the final itself held on 2 August.

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Rachel Dincoff on social media

You can track Dincoff’s progress at this year’s Olympics on her social media channels.

Her Twitter account can be found here, while on Instagram she has more than 6.5k followers.

Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.