New York Giants running back David Wilson has carried the ball only 15 times this season, but he feels that's just the beginning. Known for setting lofty and near unreachable goals for himself, it should come as no real surprise that the 2012 first-round draft pick already has his sights set on induction into the NFL Hall of Fame.
“I think at the end of my career, I’ll be in the Hall of Fame,” Wilson told Newsday. “I know myself, and I know [when] I have guys around me that feel the same way, which I feel I do. When I get my opportunity, the sky is not the limit. I think it’s past it. You have to believe in yourself to do good things. This is how I feel.”
On Wilson's second NFL carry, he coughed up the ball and was promptly placed in the dog house of head coach Tom Coughlin. It's taken five weeks and an injury to Andre Brown for Wilson to see more carries, but he's taken advantage of the opportunities. In a 26-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, Wilson carried the ball seven times for 35 yards. A week prior, he scored his first touchdown on a 40-yard run against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
There's no denying that the youngster out of Virginia Tech has tons of talent, but he's got a long way to go before he can think about the Hall of Fame. And Coughlin would be the first to tell him you have to focus on the task at hand – there's no sense in looking so far ahead.
At this point, Wilson's goal needs to be improving his pass protection and learning the playbook from front to back. Until he's able to do that, he's not only going to miss out on enshrinement in Canton, he's going to be struggling for a job.
“He’s progressing in some things, but some things he has a ways to go. He’s got a lot of room for growth," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said.
He'll have another opportunity to open eyes this Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
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