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New York Giants’ Justin Tuck Tells David Wilson: No More Backflips

December 13th, 2012 at 6:30 AM
By Casey Sherman

The New York Giants are loving what they saw from rookie running back David Wilson last Sunday, but what they didn't love seeing was his choice of touchdown celebrations. Wilson, who reached the end zone three times against the New Orleans Saints, likes to show off his athleticism by doing a backflip after every score. Though impressive, members of the Giants organization, such as defensive captain Justin Tuck, would prefer a different form of celebration.

'David Wilson returning a kickoff' photo (c) 2010, Gary Cope - license:

"I told him several times never to do that again," Tuck said Wednesday. "We're going to have another talk about not doing it. Everyone knows how athletic he is, but the last thing we need is him having some tweak injury by showing off to the crowd.

"Let's just keep him upright and running and leave the backflips for YouTube. They're already on YouTube. If people want to see them, they can go to YouTube and see them."

Aware of his teammates' concern, Wilson told reporters none of the coaches or ownership have told him to flat out stop doing it. Although he admitted General Manager Jerry Reese told him if he were to hurt himself, he wouldn't hear the end of it.

"Nobody asked me to stop," Wilson said. "Reese just told me if I get hurt, then he'll be in my grille."

Though he understands the potential for injury, he insists there is nothing to worry about. This is something he's done all his life, and he's never missed a landing.

"It's a possibility they can go wrong," he said. "But for me, I've been doing 'em since I was three years old. It's like easy — it's almost like running, for me to jump and turn backwards. I've been doing it for a while, I think people can relax a little."

Wilson enjoyed a coming out party in the team's last game, setting a franchise record with 327 all-purpose yards (200 in kick returns, 100 rushing), and three touchdowns.

"That's one of the most impressive games I've seen, especially from a rookie who kind of got in the doghouse early," Tuck said of Wilson.. "To show that will to come back and continue to work and showcase that — without him we don't win that game on Sunday (against the Saints).

"We have to try our best now to keep his head the same size it is right now."

While Tuck has been the most outspoken about the issue, quarterback Eli Manning seems to be more on the indifferent side.

"That means he's scoring touchdowns," Manning said. "So that's fine by me."

When asked by reporters what he thought of Wilson's touchdown celebration, Head Coach Tom Coughlin stuck by his stoic reputation and chose not to answer at all.

"Next question," Coughlin said. "You're not going to get me on that one."

With starter Ahmad Bradshaw's status still up in the air for Sunday's game with a sprained knee, Wilson could see some more touches and more opportunities for his end zone acrobatics.


Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Football, Jerry Reese, Justin Tuck, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

9 Responses to “New York Giants’ Justin Tuck Tells David Wilson: No More Backflips”

  1.  G-MenFan says:

    Tuck told you to stop.
    So stop.

  2.  JimStoll says:

    The Jets are clinging to the fringe of the playoff chase right now, but their odds would be a lot better if some NFL owners get their way.
    The league has discussed expanding the current 12-team playoff format to possibly as much as an NHL-like 16-team field, according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. He said the talks were “teed up” by owners on Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings in Dallas and that the NFL’s competition committee will investigate expanding the field to 14 or 16 teams.
    “Of course, something that we discussed in the past is expanded playoffs,” Goodell said. “We will probably be looking at it with the committee over the next several months.”
    In a league driven by parity, the implications could be huge. The NFL already had a 7-9 team win a division two years ago when the Seahawks won the NFC West (and proceeded to beat the Saints in the wild-card round). Currently the eighth-seeded team in the AFC is the Jets, with a record of 6-7, so it certainly could mean teams with losing records would make the playoffs more frequently.
    At the very least, 8-8 teams in the postseason would be the norm. Last season, 8-8 teams would’ve made the playoff fields in both conferences (although the 8-8 Jets would’ve been eliminated on tie-breakers). And presumably, an expanded playoff field wouldn’t add to the number of playoff weekends, but it would eliminate the bye for the top two seeds in each conference.
    The competition committee, which will apparently discuss the proposal at its next meeting, has pondered the idea of expanding the playoffs in the past. Yet despite the obvious added revenue it would create, the idea has never been taken to a full vote of NFL owners.
    It’s also unclear how players and their union would react to expanded playoff field, although they likely would welcome it more than they would Goodell’s previous push for an 18-game regular season since it would mean more players earning playoff checks and, obviously, getting a chance to keep their Super Bowl dreams alive.

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  3.  Krow says:

    This is the Tuck we need.

  4.  The Original G Man says:

    I’ve heard a lot of the talking heads on ESPN and NFL Network citing the mantra that Atlanta is “a different team at home” as a reason for why they’re picking them to win on Sunday. At home, they’re 6-0 thus far and, while “a win is a win” and some of these games may point to them showing some late game intestinal fortitude, their margin of victory suggests they’re not the invincible home juggernaut we’d be lead to believe:

    Denver +6
    Carolina +2
    Oakland +3
    Dallas +6
    Arizona +4
    N. Orleans +10

    The Denver game was of course the game where Peyton **** the bed with 3 1st half interceptions and STILL almost pulled out the win.

    The Carolina and Oakland wins came on last second field goals.

    In the NO game, despite Brees throwing 5 INTs, it was still a 1 possession game with 4:30 to go.

    Ryan threw 5 picks in the Arizona game but thanks to the Cardinal’s incredible level of ineptness, the Falcons pulled this one out late in the 4th.

  5.  Levito says:

    I have no problems with Wilson doing back flips as long as he’s healthy. If he were doing it with a bad ankle or something, then it’d be pretty stupid, and I wouldn’t be thrilled. But for now, I see no issues with it.

  6.  The Original G Man says:

    Re: Back Flips

    Nobody seemed to care when Ozzie Smith did ‘em every inning.

  7.  Highbridge Harry says:

    I think David should ask Jerry Rice about how a real Pro should act. I think he
    would say that if your really that good you don’t have to act like a clown to
    prove it.Your a Pro now kid, act like one.

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