Giants running back David Wilson has chosen to walk away from the game of football.
The 2012 first-round pick carried the ball 115 times over the last two seasons for the Giants. Unfortunately, do to neck injuries, Wilson selected to give up his professional career after meeting with doctors earlier in the week.
The New York Giants sent out a press release discussing the event.
“I’m thankful that I can literally walk away from the game and that I am healthy and capable of doing the same things I have done all my life, except play football,” said Wilson.
Wilson missed the 2013 season after sustaining a neck injury. Wilson underwent spinal fusion surgery and participated in training camp this summer. All seemed to be OK, then Wilson suffered nerve damage near the shoulder and neck area.
Wilson met with doctors earlier this week; the news he received wasn’t what he had hoped to hear.
“Dr. Frank Cammisa Jr., our spine specialist at HSS, examined David this morning and following that exam, we both sat down and shared our perspective with David,” said Dr. Russell Warren, the Giants’ team physician. “David has diffuse cervical stenosis. He had a disc removed and a fusion in January. In light of last week’s episode of symptoms, sensory and motor, Frank and I both told David he should not play football any more. We let David know that by playing, he would be putting himself at risk for more episodes like last week or perhaps something more serious. ”
Fox Sports 1’s Mike Garafolo pointed out that Wilson isn’t using the word; “retire,” because that would make him ineligible to claim injury protection on his salary if he officially retired.
The word "retire" not used in the David Wilson press release. That's by design. If he retires, he can't claim injury protection on salary.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 4, 2014
A career cut short due to injuries, but Wilson doesn’t want any symphony from fans.
“I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me,” Wilson said in the team’s release. “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.”
Giants general manager Jerry Reese commented on the news.
“David and I had a great talk,” Reese said. “He’s disappointed like all of us, but he’s a strong young man and understands that he has a lot of life left to live and it’s not worth to him, his family or us to put his health in harm’s way by continuing to play football.”
The Giants plan to start Rashad Jennings at running back with Peyton Hillis as the primary backup.