NY Giants RB David Wilson has retired from the NFL after doctors advised him to do so because of a chronic neck injury.
On Wednesday, the 23-year-old made the announcement official and gave a heartfelt speech during his final press conference with the team.
Over the past two seasons, the former 2012 first-round draft pick rushed for 504 yards and five TDs. The elusive running back showed flashes of brilliance when healthy.
And even though he’s hanging up his cleats, he’ll continue to root for and support his former teammates, via comments transcribed by the NY Daily News.
“I’ll be looking at my teammates this year and forever, wishing them the best,” Wilson said. “And every time I watch a Giants game or a football game and see people play that I actually had a chance to meet, I want to see them try to be great. Because it can be taken away. So when they go on the field I want to see them, every Sunday or Thursday or Monday, I want to see them guys be great, see them push themselves.”
At one point, he even broke down and shed a few tears. But he made sure to relay where he was coming from:
“These are tears of joy, man…Don’t for a second you all think that I’m pitying myself or sad, because I got to live my dream.”
Props to Wilson for having an optimistic and humble outlook during an extremely unfortunate situation. In his speech, he spoke about why he can’t dwell on the negative things that have happened during his career, and indicated that he tries to look at everything positive he’s accomplished. He also said when he was young, his main goal in life was to play in the NFL—which he did.
“When life knocks you down…plan to land on your back,” Wilson said.