Just hours after Giants running back David Wilson was given tragic and career-ending news Monday, he remained remarkably positive, invoking his faith in God and claiming that he's simply fortunate enough to have lived out his NFL dreams.
Wilson, who has diffuse cervical stenosis, a serious back condition, was told by Dr. Russell Warren, the team's doctor, and Dr. Frank Cammisa, a spinal expert, that he he risked serious injury if he continued playing football, according to Giants.com.
While Wilson's decision to stop playing has captured headlines, it's his faith and the way in which he conducted himself in the wake of receiving the news that also deserve some attention.
In addition to asking that football fans not feel sorry for him, the running back, who joined the NFL in 2012 from Virginia Tech, said that his faith in God sustained him.
New York Giants running back David Wilson runs the ball during NFL football camp in East Rutherford, N.J., Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
"I don't want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me. I lived my dream," he said, according to Giants.com. "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."
He added, "I was a first round draft choice of the New York Giants. I scored touchdowns. I caught touchdowns. I returned kicks for touchdowns and I set records. So I got to do some of the things I dreamed of doing all my life."
Despite receiving some of the most negative news possible, Wilson said that he's simply thankful that he's healthy and able to do everything he's always done, aside from 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," Wilson said. "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."
FILE - In this Thursday, May 29, 2014 file photo, New York Giants running back David Wilson talks to the media during an NFL football organized team activity in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Giants coach Tom Coughlin also explained that Wilson is positive, because he believes "God has a plan."
Wilson only played five games at the start of the 2013 season before sustaining a neck injury last October. He had surgery in January to correct a herniated disc, but began having numbness in his hands and legs during practice this past Tuesday, which led doctors to warn him that an early retirement is best.