Adrian Wilson Signs Contract, Retires With The Arizona Cardinals


Number 24 has officially retired as a member of the Arizona Cardinals

Adrian Wilson was back in the Arizona Cardinals facility today.  He signed a contract and retired a member of the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State.

The Cardinals held a press conference at 1 p.m. this afternoon to announce the move.  Wilson was flanked on his right by Cardinals Team President Michael Bidwill and Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim,  had a short statement and answer reporter questions.

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“Today I will be retiring from the NFL as a proud member of the Arizona Cardinals”, Wilson said.  Wilson had a prepared statement but it seemed directly from the heart.  Attempting to fight off obvious tears in retiring from a game that clearly meant a lot to the 14-year safety.

Bidwill started off the conference by saying the Cardinals are planning on choosing a game to have Wilson be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor at University of Phoenix Stadium.  It will be an honor well-deserved for the five-time Pro Bowler.

Not only were there reporters there but a couple of players in attendance either asked questions or had something to say.  Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said “you showed me the way on how to be a professional”.  Former Cardinals defensive end Bertrand Berry asked what he would miss most about football.  “The locker room on gameday”, Wilson said.

I couldn’t have said it any better myself.  Thank you Adrian Wilson for your 12 years of service in Arizona and 14 in the NFL overall.  Now, onto the Ring of Honor.