Adrian Wilson (American football)
Wilson with the Cardinals in a 2009 game versus the San Francisco 49ers.
No. -- Free agent
|Date of birth:October 12, 1979|
|Place of birth: High Point, North Carolina|
|College: North Carolina State|
|NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 3 / Pick: 64|
|Debuted in 2001 for the Arizona Cardinals|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Adrian Lemar Wilson (born on October 12, 1979) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He played college football for North Carolina State University. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft, and has also played for the NFL's New England Patriots and Chicago Bears.
Wilson attended North Carolina State University, where he was a two-year starter at strong safety for the NC State Wolfpack football team. In 33 games (and 23 starts) with the Wolfpack, he posted 254 total tackles (144 solo tackles, 11 tackles-for-losses), 11 pass deflections and 3 passes intercepted. His 248 total tackles was the most by an N.C. State defensive back since James Walker collected 289 stops from 1993–95. At the end of his junior year, Wilson decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2001 NFL Draft.
2001 NFL Draft
At 213 pounds, Wilson ran a 4.45 sec 40-yard dash at the 2001 pre-draft combine and was considered a second-round prospect. He also has a standing vertical leap of 42 inches, and he was shown in a YouTube video jumping over a 66 inch hurdle. He was selected with the second pick in the third round (64th overall) by the Arizona Cardinals.
In 2006, Wilson set the team record for longest interception return after scoring on a 99-yard return against the Atlanta Falcons. Later in the season, he earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl. In his career, he has recorded 839 tackles, 54.0 tackles for a loss, 22.5 sacks, 26 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries, 82 passes defended, 4 return touchdowns, and a blocked punt. During the 2005 season, he set an NFL record for the most sacks in a season by a defensive back with eight. During the playoffs in 2009, he helped lead the Cardinals to its first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history but lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII 27-23. In 2007, Wilson (aka "Dove") made an epic standing jump over a 66-inch bar that went viral on YouTube, the video receiving over 8,945,000 views on its initial posting location on YouTube. Here is that short jumping video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vL19q8yL54
On June 4, 2009, the Cardinals re-signed Wilson to a new five-year, $39 million contract, with $18.5 million guaranteed. On December 26, Wilson recorded a sack against the St. Louis Rams which put him in the 20/20 club (20 sacks and 20 interceptions).
On July 24, 2012, Wilson agreed to sign an extension throughout the 2015 season with the Cardinals.
On December 16, 2012, Wilson recorded a sack against the Detroit Lions which put him in the 25/25 club (25 sacks and 25 interceptions). Wilson became just the sixth player in NFL history to do this.
Wilson was released by the Cardinals on March 8, 2013.
New England Patriots
On March 15, 2013, Wilson signed with the New England Patriots to a 3-year deal. Right after he joined the team, he offered Kyle Arrington a year's supply of diapers for Arrington's newborn baby to have his jersey number 24, the number Wilson had in Arizona. On May 1st, 2013, Wilson received the #24 jersey from Kyle Arrington. Kyle Arrington was reassigned to #25.
On August 31, 2013, the New England Patriots placed Wilson on the season-ending injury reserve due to an Achilles tendon injury. He was released by the Patriots on April 4, 2014.
- Most sacks in a single season by a defensive back (8 in 2005)
Cardinals franchise records
- Most career forced fumbles (15)
- 2nd longest interception return touchdown: 99 (tied with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie)
- Most passes defended (95) 
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Wilson attended T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina. Wilson is married to wife Alicia Wilson, with three children, one which was born shortly after the Arizona Cardinals loss to the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 Divisional Round. He owns a designer shoe store in Arizona called High Point.
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