Giants RB David Wilson’s career is over due to neck condition, said he’s walking away from football
Giants RB David Wilson’s career is over due to neck condition, said he’s walking away from football. David Wilson’s career is over due to neck condition, NY Giants running back said, ‘I lived my dream’
The former first-round pick had offseason neck surgery and returned to practice last week after receiving medical clearance. But he suffered a ‘burner’ in Tuesday’s session, raising concerns about his health.
He’d been optimistic through every step of his comeback, returning to the field barely seven months after neck surgery, flashing his trademark game-breaking speed and infectious smile, taking hits and bouncing right back up.
So somehow, on Monday, David Wilson found a way to be optimistic in the face of the heartbreaking reality. His comeback — and his football career — came to an abrupt end when doctors advised him to walk away.
“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.”
Wilson injured his neck in a Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and missed the rest of the season. He had spinal fusion surgery in January and was not cleared for full contact until July 21, the day before the Giants’ first training camp practice.
He was injured during practice a week later and spent a portion of last week being examined by doctors.
On Monday morning, he met with Frank Cammisa, who is the chief of spine services at the Hospital for Special Surgery and the doctor who performed Wilson’s surgery in January. Cammisa and Giants team doctor Russell Warren advised Wilson not to play anymore.
“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.”