“If you can look up, you can get up.” Former Giants RB David Wilson Won’t Let Spinal Stenosis Stop Him

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Goodbye NFL, and hello track and field!

People would think you’re crazy if you told them a former first-round draft pick would retire from the NFL after two years.

David Wilson would tell you you’re out of your mind if you told him this would be his story. Yet here he is, during an emotional press conference walking away from the game he loves.


Ugh, you teared up right?

“If you can look up, you can get up,”   -David Wilson.

So how did Wilson get to this point and where does he go from here?

Wilson attended high school in Virginia where he set school records and was the Gatorade Player of the Year. He went on to play college ball at Virginia Tech where once again he set records – during his junior season he racked up 1,709 yards on 290 carries. He was the ACC Offensive Player of the Year.

During the combine he put up impressive numbers especially in the vertical jump and broad jump – keep that in mind.

He was drafted in the first round to the New York Giants in 2012. That same year as an NFL rookie,  Wilson led the league with a franchise-record of 1,533 kickoff return yards.

His next season tragedy would strike. Wilson was injured just five games into his second season, where doctors then diagnosed him with spinal stenosis.  Wilson had surgery in January of 2014 and returned for training camp, only to take a hard hit that left him feeling a numbness you never want to feel.

A couple of months later, he was told he would have to sit the whole season and was advised by doctors to quit football.

Cue the video- Wilson decided it was time to retire.

He finished with playing in 21 career games and had 504 yards on 115 carries.

It’s true… When one door closes, another one always opens.

Now I told you about David Wilson the football star, but I didn’t tell you about David Wilson the track and field star.

Photo: NY Times
Back in high school, Wilson was a sprinter and a jumper. In 2009, he was the National Champion at the Nike Indoor meet for the triple jump. He also did track and field at Virginia Tech. He was an All-American and placed sixth in the triple jump at the NCAA Championship.

So this is Wilson’s next move, track and field. He has been training for the triple jump and he has his eyes set on going to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

In his first track meet since 2011 last month (June 2015), he fell a little short of his goal and placed ninth. He did not qualify for the US Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

They say it’s not about how many times you fall, but about how many times you get back up. Keep getting up Wilson, we want to see you in red, white and blue again!

– Paige

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