Posted by Craig J. Santucci
If you are suffering from a “Hall of Fame” hangover you might have missed the news. Running Back and 1st round draft pick David Wilson is retiring. After receiving a “stinger” in practice last week the running back was advised by doctors to considering retiring.
The promising young running back burst on the schene in 2012 when the New York Giants drafted him in the first round. His speed and agility where a breath of fresh air as the Giants running game had recently become stagnant.
The Giants return game received an automatic turbo boost as Wilson flashed his potential and set a handful of records in his first season. In early December against the Saints, Wilson showcase his ability by setting a team record for all-purpose yards in a single game(327 all-purpose yards).
He also returned four kickoffs for 227 yards, including a 97-yard rip for a touchdown. Between the tackles he rushed for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wilson became the first player in NFL history with 200 kick return yards and 100 rushing yards.
His original injury was sustained in October 2013 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The team placed him on season-ending injured reserve with spinal stenosis. Doctors have told Wilson that he faces an increased risk of a neck injury if he ever plays again.
No. 22 underwent neck surgery on January 16, 2014. On August 4, 2014, he was ruled out for the year due to his neck again and advised not to play football again.
Giants fans will miss the “endzone flip” and what could have been.