All indications were that Giants running back David Wilson’s playing days were over after he reinjured his neck at camp and the Giants announced that doctors have made that suggestion to Wilson.
In a statement from the team, team doctor Russell Warren explained that recent examinations at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City have led him and Wilson’s surgeon Frank Cammisa Jr. to believe that Wilson would be putting himself at excessive risk of even more serious injuries if he continues to pursue a football career. Wilson is obviously free to pursue other opinions, but his words Monday were those of a man who was moving on to the next chapter in his life.
“I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me,” Wilson said. “I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream. Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too.”
Wilson has been diagnosed with “diffuse cervical stenosis,” but does not need any further surgery or treatment to move on with a life that doesn’t include playing in the NFL. The 2012 first-round pick played 21 games for the Giants, rushing for 504 yards and scoring seven overall touchdowns that were usually followed by standing back flips. We wish him well in his future endeavors.