Rookie running back David Wilson set lofty goals for himself shortly after being drafted in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, but a fumble in his first game against the Dallas Cowboys derailed many of them. Since then, it's been a long climb out of Tom Coughlin's dog house – a climb that reached a head on Sunday afternoon when Wilson set the franchise record with 327 all-purpose yards.
"To come out and have a breakout game like this, it’s an excellent feeling – you want to have a good game. Every game you want to have a good game," Wilson said. "I think I went out there and my teammates went out there and we played great."
In addition to setting the franchise record in all-purpose yards, Wilson also became the only player in NFL history to amass 200 or more kickoff return yards, while also rushing for 100 or more yards. The cherry on top was that he added three touchdowns.
This journey wasn't easy, however. Wilson entered the NFL familiar with a simple, straightforward college system. He then had to adjust to one of, if not the most complex pro systems in the league. But with the injury to Andre Brown, Wilson was thrust into a larger role … all with the faith of his head coach who said earlier this week that the rookie was finally "ready to go."
"This is a great organization with great coaches. They make the right decisions – it’s the reason they win games," Wilson said. "They knew how to handle me and knew what to do with me to put me in the positions where I could win. They just made all the right decisions."
Finally, the youngster set another mark that went overlooked last night with all of his other accomplishments. He now ranks first in Giants history with 1,321 kickoff return yards on the season and counting.
Patience is a virtue, and with Wilson, it's paid off for everyone.
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