Former NC State player Adrian Wilson honored


Former NC State standout defensive back Adrian Wilson was recently honored by the NFL team that drafted him 14 years ago:  The Arizona Cardinals.

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Drafted in the third round (64th pick) by the Cardinals in 2001, Wilson played safety and was a five-time Pro-Bowl selection in 12 seasons all in Arizona.  Wilson finished his career with 987 tackles and 27 interceptions in 181 regular-season games.  He also had 25 1/2 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and four touchdowns during his illustrious career.

Apr 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals former defensive back Adrian Wilson throws out the first pitch prior to the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson, a High Point, NC native played strong safety for the Wolfpack from 1998 to 2000.  He recorded 5 career  interceptions and one fumble recovery while earning 2nd team All-ACC honors before leaving the Pack for the NFL after his junior season.

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When #24 Wilson recorded a sack against the Detroit Lions on December 16, 2012, he entered rare territory placing him into the prestigious 25/25 club (25 sacks and 25 interceptions).  Wilson became one of only six NFL players to accomplish this feat.

Midway through his career Wilson made waves throughout the league and internet when a video surfaced that showed his incredible athletic skills.  The YouTube video below shows Wilson’s vertical leap of an astounding 66 inches!

Wilson will be honored with an induction into the Cardinal Ring of Honor at halftime of the Cardinals home game against the San Francisco 49ers on September 27, 2015.

Congratulations on fine career!

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