David Wilson advised to stop playing, says “I lived my dream”

AP

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.

64 responses to “David Wilson advised to stop playing, says “I lived my dream”

  1. I have nothing but full respect for this man.

    If I was in this situation I would be devastated.

    It’s humbling, and great at the same time.

    Proves there is a god.

  2. “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.”

    Wow.. I have mad respect for that statement. Dude had a ton of potential, it’s too bad he never got to use it.

  3. Hopefully the NY Giants can find a place for him in the organization much the way they did for Charles Way when his career was cut short by injury.

  4. I have that. I have a plate and 8 screws with a C4-7 fusion. I cannot imagine me, him, or anyone with this engaging in the type of punishment related to being an NFL running back. Manning is even taking a big risk, although he isn’t getting slammed by 300lb. linemen or 250lb. LBs EVERY time he touches the ball.

    Dream on Mr. Wilson and Gods speed.

  5. Hate the unfairness of life. Wilson’s career ended by a neck injury. Ray Rice could have caused a neck injury, only out 2 games.

  6. Best wishes to him. Sounds like he has a level take on life.
    Hope JM Finley is listening.

  7. it is a shame when a talent like this has to hang up the cleats, but it pales in comparison to him spending the rest of his life paralyzed. cheers to him for having the right attitude and finding another path to a fulfilling life.

  8. @thepftpoet This doesn’t prove a thing about the existence of any god, but nice try. What it does prove is that bad things happen to good people, and David Wilson is taking it with grace and humility. I wish him all the best.

  9. This is why these guys get payed what they do, it could all be over at any time. Especially at running back.

  10. Sad news for this dude, but I bet a ton of fantasy owners are relieved with not having to deal with all his injuries. Get better David and best of luck on your new dream.

  11. “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.”
    David Wilson

    Best of luck. What an awesome quote.

  12. Great attitude and I’m guessing he’ll find success in next endeavor.

    The best part is he gets to move on without anything tragic happening to him.

  13. Here is a full statement from his twitter page:
    “At age 8 I told my #Dad I wanted to play football in THE NFL at this point in my life I have done that. Even Blessed to be drafted in the 1st round. Broke and set RECORDS, scored Touchdowns, and all that follows. It’s a great feeling to live a out dream. Unfortunately that has been paused but I am blessed that I am able to walk away from this game healthy and still able to be me with no restrictions pain or struggle and So all I ask is please don’t be sorry or pity ME that’s just one chapter life goes on and I’m glad I can live it. Once a Giant always a #Giant #pocketrocket”

  14. I’m sure he’s a good guy, but it’s sad that he couldn’t turn his career around when healthy.

    Sometimes the thrill has to be put down for health. I hope he’s in a good place during retirement.

  15. If this proves there is a god, then god must really hate the Minny Vikings. Best of luck, David Wilson. You will do fine, with an attitude like that. Wish there were more players like him.

  16. In the name of competitive fairness, John Mara thinks Demarco Murray & Alfred Morris should be forced into earlier retirement as well.

  17. thepftpoet says:
    Aug 4, 2014 3:08 PM
    I have nothing but full respect for this man.

    If I was in this situation I would be devastated.

    It’s humbling, and great at the same time.

    Proves there is a god.
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    How does this prove there is a god?

  18. Not a Giants fan, but I’m glad to see Wilson being able to walk away from the sport he grew up playing with such a great attitude. The diagnosis must have been devastating and the decision agonizing. I have a similar cervical issue in my neck and walking away from a potential career in skiing was tough but an easy decision. The key word is WALKING. Best of luck to David Wilson in whatever he does.

  19. Glad he’s not serous lyrics hurt and wish him the best in the future. As a cowboys fan, hate to see butterfingers leave the game. He was always good for a fumble or 2….

  20. This guy, and Pinkston in Cleveland. Both essentially seeing their very young end NFL careers come to an end today. Both young and with bright futures… but in both cases, making the only sensible decision and seemingly, with a positive attitude.

    Best wishes to both in their next phase.

  21. David Wilson, Jermichael Finley and Jonathan Franklin….3 promising careers cut short. It was a bad year for neck injuries last season.

  22. Glad to see an athlete know when it is time. I hope he invests the money he’s made, and uses, or completes his education. Hope he has a happy future.

  23. Wow, what a great attitude. Always sad to see somebody’s career cut short by injury. Good luck to you Mr. Wilson. Signed – A Cowboys fan.

  24. Best of everything in the future David, thank you for giving it your all, you did all Giants fans proud. Blessings

  25. Best wishes David! shame we didn’t get to see your full potential, although being a Cowboys fan, I’m somewhat relieved of that. Looked like a promising talent. Best of luck with your future!

  26. scoonie97 says: Aug 4, 2014 4:40 PM

    In the name of competitive fairness, John Mara thinks Demarco Murray & Alfred Morris should be forced into earlier retirement as well.

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    I surprised that Mara has not requested draft pick from the rest of the NFC East because of the injury ~ smh.

  27. Yes, Wilson, Finley, Franklin. Teams should check out whether former White Sox outfielder Walt (No Neck) Williams has any sons.

  28. I think it is Poetic Justice that David Wilson played for a team called the Giants, because dude has GIANT CHARACTER!!! He is going to be just fine and we probably have not heard the last of him in a positive manner!

  29. Die hard Eagles fan here. Despite what he said you can’t help but feel bad for the guy. He obviously had the skills to be a very good pro. Hate to see a career cut short without much time to showcase his skills and hard work. Shame for both him and the Giants

  30. It amazes me how people can make such stupid and useless comments on a guy who just found out he can not do the job he loves anymore. Instead of acting like a bunch of buffoons why don’t you keep your unintelligent comments to yourselves and give the guy some respect. He was a running back who had potential to be great. Yes he had fumbling problems, but so did Tiki Barber before Coughlin got to the Giants. He was a genuinely nice person who I met at an autograph signing and he was more than happy to take time to talk to you about the upcoming season. He was a class act on and off the field and some people just need to quit while they are ahead. There are reasons many of those stupid comments have more dislikes than likes.

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