Giants RB David Wilson went from 1st-round pick to the doghouse to kick-return star to the doghouse again to the injured reserve, then finally to a career-ending neck injury in just two short years.
Shortly after placing RB David Wilson on season-ending injured reserve, the Giants announced that they have advised Wilson never to play football again.
Wilson, a former 1st-round draft pick in 2012, suffered a neck injury in Week 5 of the 2013 season that did not improve for several games, and after Week 8 the team shut him down for the season. Wilson required spinal fusion surgery which threatened his NFL career, but he was able to recover to the point where he could practice. However, Wilson suffered a stinger in his neck during a July 29 practice which complicated his recovery – and on Monday doctors advised Wilson not to play football anymore out of concern for his long-term health.
Wilson wrote on Instagram how fortunate he was to be able to pursue his dream to play professional football.
As a rookie in 2012, Wilson led the league in kick returns and kick return yards. He also finished in the top ten for All-Purpose yards, yards per touch, yards per kick return and longest kick return (97 yards). He also set the Giants single-season record for kick return yards and recorded the third most all-purpose yards in franchise history.