Adrian Wilson (American football)

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Adrian Wilson
Adrian Wilson 2009.jpg
Wilson with the Cardinals in a 2009 game versus the San Francisco 49ers.
No. --     Free Agent
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-10-12) October 12, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth: High Point, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: North Carolina State
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 3 / Pick: 64
Debuted in 2001 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 893
Quarterback sacks 25.5
Interceptions 27
Forced fumbles 14
Stats at NFL.com

Adrian Lemar Wilson[1] (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.

College career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

2001 NFL Draft[edit]

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.[2] He was selected with the second pick in the third round (64th overall) by the Arizona Cardinals.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

In 2006, Wilson set the team record for longest interception return after scoring on a 99-yard return against the Atlanta Falcons.[3] 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.[4]

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).[5]

On July 24, 2012, Wilson agreed to sign an extension throughout the 2015 season with the Cardinals.[6]

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.[7]

Wilson was released by the Cardinals on March 8, 2013.

New England Patriots[edit]

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.[8]

On August 31, 2013, the New England Patriots placed Adrian Wilson on the season ending injury reserve due to an achilles injury. He was released by the Patriots on April 4, 2014.[9]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On June 23, 2014 Wilson signed with the Chicago Bears to a one-year deal.[10] The Bears released Wilson on August 23, 2014.[11]

NFL records[edit]

  • Most sacks in a single season by a defensive back (8 in 2005)

Cardinals franchise records[edit]

Career Statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Combine Tackles Total Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Yards Interceptions Interception Yards Average Interception Returns Longest Interception Return Interception Touchdowns Pass Defended Stuffs Stuff Yards Kick Blocks
2001 ARI 16 32 24 8 0.5 0 0 0 2 97 49 61 1 8 2 0 0
2002 ARI 14 91 65 26 1.5 1 0 0 4 35 9 35 0 5 2 0 0
2003 ARI 16 77 68 9 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 1
2004 ARI 16 102 80 22 1.0 1 2 0 3 62 21 27 0 11 11 0 0
2005 ARI 16 109 93 16 8.0 1 2 0 1 36 36 36 0 9 7 0 0
2006 ARI 16 83 75 8 5.0 4 2 0 4 146 37 99 1 11 7 15 0
2007 ARI 9 44 33 11 0.0 0 0 0 2 20 10 20 0 3 4 15 0
2008 ARI 15 75 60 15 2.5 2 0 0 2 37 19 28 0 5 5 14 0
2009 ARI 16 74 61 13 2.0 1 2 11 5 56 11 41 0 13 10 20 0
2010 ARI 16 88 76 12 2.0 0 0 0 2 4 2 4 0 9 4 11 1
2011 ARI 16 65 48 17 0.0 1 0 0 1 17 17 17 0 14 8 22 0
2012 ARI 15 54 39 15 3.0 1 0 0 1 -2 -2 -2 0 5 2 7 1
Total Total 181 894 722 172 25.5 14 8 0 27 508 19 99 2 101 63 104 3

[15]

Personal[edit]

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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