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Martez Wilson thinks he’ll be a Hall of Famer one day

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If someone walks up to you and says the name Martez Wilson, you will likely have one of two reactions.

If you’re a Saints fan or Illinois alum, you likely recognize him as a linebacker who went in the third round of the 2011 Draft. If not, you probably aren’t too familiar with him at all since Wilson’s rookie year was spent mostly as an anonymous special teamer and backup. If Wilson has his way, his name will be on the tip of everyone’s tongue before his career is over.

“I see myself being a Hall of Famer one day,” Wilson said, via SportsNOLA.com.

Now for a little context. Wilson is moving from linebacker to defensive end, a position he hasn’t played since high school, this offseason and was answering a question about how he’s growing into the new position. He said the Hall of Fame thing as a way of illustrating how much better he believes he will become, which would seem to be something every player should have in mind entering the second season of his career.

The Saints think Wilson can provide pass rush help from that spot while also fulfilling coverage responsibilities that Steve Spagnuolo has added to the defense. The move began this spring and everyone feels good enough about the way it went to continue the experiment during training camp.

Wilson will need to master the new position this summer to earn significant playing time, the first of many prerequisites before he should be buying any non-refundable airplane tickets to Canton.

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11 Responses to “Martez Wilson thinks he’ll be a Hall of Famer one day”
  1. elmaxoh says: Jul 2, 2012 10:25 AM

    Did he received a lot of money … I mean did he played well last year ? I don’t watch the Saints .

  2. jhart615 says: Jul 2, 2012 10:31 AM

    Did his parents not tell him drugs were bad for you?

  3. doe22us says: Jul 2, 2012 10:39 AM

    Stay of the juice son, little achievements first before reaching the sky.

  4. 4t9er says: Jul 2, 2012 10:56 AM

    Ambition is a good thing.Usually hall of fame players produce immediately, but he might be late bloomer.

  5. sb44champs says: Jul 2, 2012 11:08 AM

    Watch him record 14 1/2 sacks in his first stint as DE!!!

  6. edavidberg says: Jul 2, 2012 11:18 AM

    Martez is just a little narcissistic like all pro athletes are and he hasn’t learned to keep it to himself yet. He could have a surprising year, he has the speed of a wide receiver and if he learns the schemes enough to get on the field he could have a lot of success getting to the Qb.

  7. effedinLA says: Jul 2, 2012 11:36 AM

    Most players in the Hall of fame usually start out this way. Changing positions after their first year on a team in turmoil. See you in Canton, behind me in line at the ticket booth.

  8. granadafan says: Jul 2, 2012 11:59 AM

    “effedinLA says: Jul 2, 2012 11:36 AM
    Most players in the Hall of fame usually start out this way.”
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    Most? Name 10 players who switched positions. If you’re being sarcastic, it didn’t come out that way in your post.

  9. geauxmez says: Jul 2, 2012 12:25 PM

    As long as you stay in NOLA when you’re putting up HOF stats.

  10. hpeters77 says: Jul 2, 2012 12:59 PM

    That means a great season for the saints

  11. philwauke says: Jul 2, 2012 1:03 PM

    I don’t see the problem with this. Don’t you want your players to have high goals? Maybe It’s the way he said it but if he said my goal is to play special teams my whole career would you want him on your team?

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