David Wilson (American football)

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David Wilson
David Wilson Clemson vs VaTech 2011 (cropped).jpg
Wilson playing against Clemson in 2011
No. 22     New York Giants
Running Back / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-06-15) June 15, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth: Danville, Virginia
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Danville (VA) George Washington
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Debuted in 2012 for the New York Giants
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • ACC Player of the Year (2011)
  • First-team All-ACC (2011)
  • 2009 IFAF Under-19 Tournament MVP
  • Second-team All-Pro (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2013
Rush Attempts 115
Rush Yards 504
Rush Average 4.4
Touchdowns 5
Stats at NFL.com

David Emmanuel Wilson (born June 15, 1991) is an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, 32nd overall.[1]

Early years[edit]

Wilson attended George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia. As a senior he set a school record with 2,291 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns. He was first-team all-district and all-region selection and the Gatorade Player of the Year for Virginia. In 2009, he played for USA Football's U.S. Under-19 National Team that won the 2009 IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Canton, Ohio and was named the tournament's MVP, rushing for 427 yards and eight touchdowns in three games.[2]

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Virginia Tech in 2009, Wilson played in all 13 games and had 334 rushing yards on 59 carries with four touchdowns. In 2010 he had 619 yards on 113 carries and five touchdowns. He also had 234 yards on 15 receptions with four touchdowns. In 2011 Wilson took over as the Hokies starting running back after Ryan Williams and Darren Evans went on to the NFL.[3] He finished the season with 1,709 rushing yards on 290 carries,[4] and was named the 2011 ACC Offensive Player of the Year.

Track and field[edit]

Wilson also ran track and field a the Virginia Tech, where he recorded personal bests of 6.86 seconds in the 60 metres and 11.01 seconds in the 100 metres. Wilson also specialized in the Long jump and Triple jump.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.86 Blacksburg, Virginia February 5, 2010
100 meters 11.01 Gainesville, Florida April 2, 2010
Event Mark (meters) Venue Date
Long Jump 7.23 Blacksburg, Virginia February 19, 2010
Triple jump 16.20 Des Moines, Iowa June 11, 2011

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Wilson impressed the scouts at the combine, showing his athletic promise, and was widely considered a top 5 running back behind Trent Richardson. He was the top performer in the vertical and broad jumps as well as the shuttle run. Wilson ended up being the 1st round pick (32nd overall) of the New York Giants.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 206 lb 30¼ in 9¾ in 4.38 s 1.53 s 2.47 s 4.12 s 7.09 s 41 in 11 ft 0 in
All values from 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.[5]

On May 11, 2012, Wilson signed a four-year contract with the New York Giants worth $6.684 million that included a club option for a fifth-year. His signing bonus was $3.3 million.[6]

New York Giants (2012-present)[edit]

2012 season[edit]

In the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, Wilson lost a fumble on his second career carry and did not receive another carry for the rest of the game.

On October 7, 2012 David Wilson rushed for a 40-yard touchdown during the week 5 match versus the Cleveland Browns on his first carry of the game.

On December 9, 2012, Wilson set the New York Giants team record for all-purpose yards in a single game when he accumulated 327 all-purpose yards in a 52-27 win over the New Orleans Saints. Wilson returned four kickoffs for 227 yards (including a 97-yard return for a touchdown) and also ran for 100 yards with two touchdowns on just 13 carries. His kick-off return touchdown was of 97 yards, and his two touchdown runs were of 6 and 52 yards. He became the first player in NFL history with 200 kick return yards and 100 rushing yards, and the second player since 1970 with a kick return touchdown and two rushing touchdowns, in the same game.[7]

2013 season[edit]

Wilson was placed on season-ending injured reserve after he suffered what doctors are calling spinal stenosis in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Doctors have told Wilson that he faces an increased risk of a neck injury if he ever plays again. Wilson underwent neck surgery on January 16, 2014.[8]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ahmad Bradshaw
New York Giants starting running back
Succeeded by