The Giants announced on Monday afternoon that after visiting with spine specialist, Dr. Frank Cammisa Jr. of the Hospital for Special Surgery, he and team doctors have advised Wilson to hang them up and to never play professional football again.
“Dr. Frank Cammisa Jr., our spine specialist at HSS examined David this morning and following that exam, we both sat down and shared our perspective with David,” said Dr. Russel Warren. “David has diffuse cervical stenosis. He had a disc 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 any more. 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. ”
Despite Wilson's ever-optimistic outlook, he understands that a return to the field would now pose a serious risk to not only his long-term health, but potentially his life. Accordingly, he plans to comply with doctors orders and seek a life after football.
“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.
“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 when I saw Dr. Cammisa and Dr. Warren, I didn’t hear what I wanted to hear, but I expected that what they told me could be a possibility. I had played out both scenarios in my mind. I prayed this morning before I went to see them that they would tell me what God would tell me. He put His answer in them to relay to me.”
For the time being, Wilson will be placed on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR) — a choice the team likely made so that he can collect his final paycheck. But following the conclusion of the season, it's expected that Wilson will officially announce his retirement.
“The whole idea for David is that he fulfilled his dream,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “Even though his career was cut short, he remains positive and believes God has a plan. He has accepted this in such a way that is a great example for all of us. There is no self-pity. David is a strong person and extremely optimistic. He will meet his next challenge in life with the same enthusiasm he approached football.”
The silver lining for Wilson is that his current condition will not require any additional surgery or therapy. He will be able to continue his day-to-day life with the exception of contact sports.
We certainly wish Wilson the absolute best moving forward with his life and post-NFL career. Once a Giant, Always a Giant.
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