By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
The New York Giants and running back David Wilson suffered the bad news that many feared, Wilson’s days of playing football are over at the age of just 23. Wilson seems to understand that his playing days are over, as two doctors both said for his future well-being, it would be the smart thing to no longer play football due to neck and spine injuries.
After Frank Cammisa and team doctor Russell Warren were the two doctors to look at the results and they advised him to stop playing. "David has diffuse cervical stenosis," Warren said in the team's news release. "He had a disk removed and a fusion in January. In light of last week's episode of symptoms, sensory and motor, Frank and I both told David he should not play football anymore. We let David know that by playing, he would be putting himself at risk for more episodes like last week or perhaps something more serious."
Wilson seems to be taking his unfortunate news in stride realizing that his playing days are over. "I don't want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me," he said in the team's release. "I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream. Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too."
"I'm thankful that I can literally walk away from the game and that I am healthy and capable of doing the same things I have done all my life, except play football,"
"I always try to find the positive in everything. This morning, I didn't hear what I wanted to hear, but I expected what they told me could be a possibility. I had played out both scenarios in my mind."
It was last season in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles when Wilson suffered the original injury, which required surgery performed by Cammisa. The second setback that ended up ending Wilson’s career happened last week in the first day of contact for Wilson. It is a sad end to a former first-round picks career, but like Wilson said, luckily he can still walk away from the game.
From a on the field stand point for the Giants, Wilson has been placed on the injured reserve list, and now the good job by Jerry Reese in the off-season to stockpile running backs in case Wilson had a problem will pay off for New York, who won’t have to scramble to find a replacement now.