David Wilson sheds ‘tears of joy’ as he bids goodbye to the NFL

David Wilson should have been getting ready for his third season in the NFL. Instead, the Giants running back was forced to retire when doctors told him he shouldn’t play football again because of a neck condition.

Wilson suffered a herniated disk last season and was then diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a condition marked by the narrowing of the spinal canal. He underwent spinal fusion surgery and seemed to be ready for game action. However, during training camp this year, Wilson suffered a stinger during practice and doctors recommended that he not risk playing again.

On Wednesday, Wilson stood in front of the media and said goodbye to the game in an emotional and tearful news conference (part of which you can watch up top). The Giants sent out a transcribed version of the speech and ensuing Q&A, which is included below.


Hey everybody. I’m not really prepared to answer a lot of questions today but I’ll try to do my best on some of them. I’m going to start by saying that at a young age I had a dream to play in the NFL. I did that, I played in the NFL and I scored touchdowns and I broke tackles and I broke and set records. I practiced with my teammates, got to play for Coach Coughlin, got drafted by the Giants. So at no point should anybody feel like this is over because in life everything has obstacles. We all go through our own obstacles every day. The main thing is, when you’re going through those obstacles, to stay focused and embrace faith and keep your dreams. Even if one dream seems to fade away, set another goal and set another dream and try to reach that. That’s the main thing.

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