It was just over a year ago that we highlighted some Wolfpackers in the NFL with a special focus on Arizona Cardinals safety, Adrian Wilson. (Link)
Mention the safety position in the NFL and Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu, Brian Dawkins and Roy Williams are often mentioned as the game’s best. Believe this: Adrian Wilson is right at the top with all of them — and he’s better than Williams, who benefits from a big hit or two and by the fact he plays on a team with a star on the side of its helmet.
Well, this week ESPN.com ran an article of the “The Best Player You’ve Never Heard Of” that featured…guess who?
Matt Mosley: Adrian Wilson, S, Arizona
Even though he finally went to a Pro Bowl this past season, I still think Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson is a player we don’t hear enough about. Over the past few years, the 28-year-old has been a player that opposing offenses always have to account for. I had an NFC East wide receiver tell me last season that he fears Wilson more than any safety in the game. He had eight sacks in 2005 and then followed that up with five sacks, four interceptions and 87 tackles last season. Wilson used to be a player who needed to be close to the line of scrimmage to succeed, but over the last two years, he’s worked hard to improve his ball skills. He’s capable of taking some of the top tight ends in the league completely out of games and he has great timing when it comes to blitzing. You put Wilson on a better team, and he would’ve had at least three Pro Bowl trips by now. And while a lot of players have complained at how poorly the club has been run, Wilson has been an excellent teammate.
It’s great to continue to read about Wilson’s success.
In case you never saw it – the following video of Wilson’s amazing 66 INCH jump has been viewed over 3.7 million times on YouTube.
Of course, no Adrian Wilson entry is complete without sharing this departing “shot”. (Pun intended.)