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David Wilson cries during retirement speech (Video)

David-WilsonNew York Giants running back David Wilson officially announced on Wednesday that he is retiring from the game of football. We can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for a 23-year-old to stand in front of reporters and do that.

Wilson was a first-round pick in 2012. Despite some early fumbling issues last year, he had raw talent and speed and was a very promising young player. After battling back from a neck injury during the offseason, the former Virginia Tech star suffered a setback during training camp and was advised by doctors that he should no longer play football.

When a player is cut from a team, he has to accept that he simply isn’t good enough to play football at the highest level. From Wilson’s standpoint, it must be impossible to not feel sorry for yourself when so many other players have had better luck than you. When he choked up at around 4:00-mark of the video above, Wilson said he was crying “tears of joy” thinking of how many people supported him.

“These are toys of joy, man,” Wilson said. “Don’t for a second think that I’m pitying myself or sad, because I got to live my dream. I’ll set another dream and be great at that because I always try be great at whatever I do.”

The type of maturity and poise Wilson has shown over the past few days is incredibly admirable. We wish him all the best in whatever it is he decides to do with his life after football.

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Giants doctors shut down David Wilson; career could be over

David Wilson GiantsNew York Giants team doctors have shut down David Wilson indefinitely after the 23-year-old running back suffered a setback during practice last week. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, there is a belief that Wilson’s career could be over.

This coincides with a report from last week that indicated Wilson would “need a miracle” in order to be able to play football again.

Wilson, a 2012 first-round pick out of Virginia Tech, underwent spinal fusion surgery in January after suffering a neck injury last October. Wilson worked his way out of Tom Coughlin’s dog house last year despite having a serious fumbling issue, and the Giants were still excited about his potential.

As of last week, Wilson seemed optimistic that his latest setback was not serious.

“Left practice early yesterday but everything turned out to be fine once the Dr. Looked @ me plus I passed all physical examination,” he wrote on Instagram. “I find out more on Monday #gottagetback #pocketrocket.”

We wish Wilson the best and hope he can somehow find his way back onto the field, though we realize his health is the most important thing at the moment.

David Wilson reportedly ‘needs a miracle’ to play football again

David Wilson GiantsNew York Giants running back David Wilson suffered a setback during Tuesday’s practice in his recovery from spinal fusion surgery. The 23-year-old is scheduled to meet with a doctor on Monday, and one report is anticipating that he may not receive good news.

According to Jordan Raanan and Conor Orr of NJ.com, a person with knowledge of Wilson’s medical condition says he would “need a miracle” to be cleared to play football again. Wilson himself seemed far more optimistic in a post he made on social media.

“Left practice early yesterday but everything turned out to be fine once the Dr. Looked @ me plus I passed all physical examination,” he wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “I find out more on Monday #gottagetback #pocketrocket.”

There was some fear back when Wilson first suffered the neck injury that he might not play again, but he seemed to be doing well with his rehab prior to this week. It would be an absolute shame if the former first-round pick is unable to get back onto the field. Wilson has a very promising career.

David Wilson moons New York traffic after neck surgery

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New York Giants running back David Wilson entered the 2013 season as one of the more promising players in the league, but he suffered a neck injury at the beginning of October and was unable to play for the remainder of the year. Wilson underwent successful neck surgery on Thursday and can now begin the road to recovery. He started off with a bang.

Or, more specifically, Wilson started off with a moon. The 22-year-old stood in front of his hospital window with a johnny on and mooned the traffic that was going by in New York.

“Hold up!!!!” Wilson wrote on Instagram. “Hold my phone (drake voice) while I moon NY traffic from the hospital room. Dr took pic.”

There’s something unsettling about an NFL player who just underwent neck surgery standing on a window sill, but I guess that’s Wilson’s business. We all heal in different ways.

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David Wilson, Rueben Randle hurl insults on Twitter — were they joking?

David Wilson GiantsRueben Randle and David Wilson have both had their ups and downs with the New York Giants since their NFL careers began a year ago. Wilson, a former Virginia Tech star, ended up in Tom Coughlin’s dog house after Week 1 this season when he lost two fumbles. Randle, who played college ball at LSU, has been a pleasant surprise on box scores, but he has forced Eli Manning into more than one interception by running the wrong route.

On Tuesday night, the two second-year players decided to go at it on Twitter. The exchange had the feel of two close friends ripping on each other in only a way that close friends could get away with. However, they said some stuff that makes you wonder if there was truth behind the heckling. You be the judge.

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David Wilson did a double backflip after scoring touchdown

New York Giants running back David Wilson got his Frank Ricard on after scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run on the Giants’ opening possession of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Wilson later left with a neck injury. No word if the neck injury was the result of whiplash from the backflips. But his departure led the Giants to put the game in Eli Manning’s turnover-prone hands, and Eli came through with interceptions on three straight possessions in the fourth quarter to give the game to the Eagles.

Wilson’s backflip celebration should not come as a shocker. You remember last April when he hit 13 backflips in a row? yeah, that’s almost as good as when Jason Pierre-Paul did it.

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David Wilson switching to Tiki Barber carrying method to stop fumbling

David Wilson GiantsNew York Giants running back David Wilson needs to work his way out of Tom Coughlin’s dog house. The only way he can do that is if he stops putting the ball on the ground. Wilson is hoping former Giants running back Tiki Barber can help solve the issue.

Once upon a time, Barber had a major fumbling problem. Considering Wilson has lost three fumbles in just 78 career rushing attempts, I guess you can say he has one too. On Thursday, Newsday’s Bob Glauber told Pro Football Talk Live that Wilson is planning to switch to Barber’s high-and-tight carrying method in an attempt to keep the football more secure.

“He gave me some advice I can really use,” Wilson told Glauber earlier this week. “It makes sense. It felt good in practice, so I plan on using it.”

After fumbling nine times in a single season, Barber changed his approach and fumbled only nine times combined through the final three seasons of his career. Barber said holding the ball near your chest can feel awkward at first, but it paid off with a great deal of repetition.

“I held it like that everywhere,” he explained. “I even do it now sometimes. I can’t help but put it there in front of me. It became second nature. I even have to tell my kids, ‘If you’re going to carry the ball, you have to carry it like this.'”

The good news for Wilson (and his fantasy owners) is that the Giants really don’t have another option at tailback. They brought back Brandon Jacobs earlier this week, but we all know he is incapable of shouldering a significant workload. If Coughlin stuck with Barber after nine fumbles in a season, there’s no reason to believe he won’t give Wilson several more opportunities this year.