It's the news no one wants to hear. The career you want is over.
David Wilson was mesmerizing at G.W., an ACC Offensive Player of the Year at Tech, and a back flipping star for the New York Giants.
The Giants shut down running back David Wilson for the season, saying they will place him on injured reserve after doctors advised him to no longer play football as a result of the neck injury that he sustained last week in training camp.
Wilson had spinal fusion surgery in January to repair a disk problem and wasn't cleared for contact until July 21. He practiced with the Giants for the first week of training camp, but he left the field Tuesday after a collision in practice with guard Eric Herman, and he was diagnosed with a burner.
After a trip to the hospital and further testing the Giants announced that Wilson would sit out the remainder of last week's practices and Sunday night's preseason game.
On Monday Wilson was told what he did not want to hear.
"David has diffuse cervical stenosis. He had a disk removed and a fusion in January. In light of last week's episode of symptoms, sensory and motor, [Dr.] Frank [Camissa Jr., who performed Wilson's surgery] and I both told David he should not play football any more," team physician Dr. Russell Warren said in a statement. "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 said in the statement that he was "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." He told Giants.com, “Growing up, ever since I was eight years old, I wanted to play in the NFL. It was my dream. And I can’t say that I didn’t live my dream, because I did. I played for the New York Giants. I was a first round draft choice of the New York Giants. I scored touchdowns. I caught touchdowns. I returned kicks for touchdowns and I set records. So I got to do some of the things I dreamed of doing all my life.”
“I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me,” said Wilson. “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.”
The Giants had said they would be thrilled if Wilson returned, but they also said all offseason that they'd be prepared in case he couldn't play again.
*ESPN.com reports contributed to this story
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