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
Running Back / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-06-15) June 15, 1991 (age 23)
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
Last played in 2013 for the New York Giants
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Pro (2012)
  • ACC Player of the Year (2011)
  • First-team All-ACC (2011)
  • IFAF Under-19 Tournament MVP (2009)
Career NFL statistics
Rush attempts 115
Rushing yards 504
Average 4.4
Touchdowns 5
Stats at NFL.com

David Emmanuel Wilson (born June 15, 1991) is a retired American football running back who played for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). Wilson played college football for Virginia Tech. He was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, 32nd overall.[1] He was forced to retire after only two NFL seasons because of a career-ending neck injury. He is currently pursuing a career in track & field as a triple jumper.

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]

Wilson attended Virginia Tech, where he played for coach Frank Beamer's Virginia Tech Hokies football team from 2009 to 2011. As a freshman in 2009, he 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 a school record 1,709 rushing yards on 290 carries,[4] and was named the 2011 ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Wilson also holds the Hokie records for most 100+ performances (10 in 2011) and career yards-per-carry (5.76).[5]

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 9⅝ in 206 lb 30¼ in 9¾ in 4.49 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.[6]

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.[7]

New York Giants[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 Wilson rushed for a 40-yard touchdown during the week 5 match versus the Cleveland Browns on his first carry of the game.

2012[edit]

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.[8]

2013[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. On August 4, 2014, he was ruled out for the year due to his neck again. He was advised not to play football again because of recurring neck injuries, and decided to listen to his doctor's advice and announced his retirement from the NFL on August 6, 2014.[9]


Career Stats

Year Team G Att Att/G Yds Avg Yds/G TD Lng 1st 1st% 20+ 40+ FUM
2012 New York Giants 16 71 4.4 358 5.0 22.4 4 52T 17 23.9 5 2 1
2013 New York Giants 5 44 8.8 146 3.3 29.2 1 18 10 22.7 0 0 2

Track and field[edit]

Wilson was also a sprinter and jumper for the George Washington High School's track team. He won the national championship in the triple jump at the 2009 Nike Indoor Meet. He also competed in the 100 meters, he tied for 1st place at the 2009 WV District Championships, with a career-best time of 10.84 seconds.[10]

As a member of the Virginia Tech Hokies track and field team, he placed third at the 2010 VT Indoor Challenge in the long jump, with a career-best leap of 7.23 meters. He earned first place triple jump finishes at the Miami Invitational (15.18m) and Liberty Twilight (15.16m). He also competed in the 60-meter dash, recording a career-best time of 6.86 seconds at the VT Elite Meet.[11] In 2011, he earned his first career All-America honor, after placing sixth in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships, with a personal-best leap of 16.20 meters.[12]

After ending his NFL career due to a neck injury, Wilson announced that he's planning a return to track and field as a triple jumper.[13]

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