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David Wilson says he lived out his dream

Wilson refuses to feel sorry for himself after news that his NFL career is over.

David Wilson
David Wilson

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said earlier this week that even when David Wilson found out his neck injury would end his football career the young man's optimism never wavered. That optimism was on display Wednesday when Wilson met with reporters.

Here is some of what Wilson said:

"I had a dream to play in the NFL. I did that, I played in the NFL and I scored touchdowns and I broke tackles and I broke and set records. I practiced with my teammates, got to play for Coach Coughlin, got drafted by the Giants. So at no point should anybody feel like this is over because in life everything has obstacles. We all go through our own obstacles every day. The main thing is, when you're going through those obstacles, to stay focused and embrace faith and keep your dreams. Even if one dream seems to fade away, set another goal and set another dream and try to reach that. That's the main thing.
"Life will knock you down sometimes. I realize that I knew that since a young age. Everything hasn't been smooth sailing for me hardly ever. I try to put the smile on my face and make other people happy. That's what I enjoy in life. I continue living. When life knocks you down, I always say plan to land on your back because if you can look up, you can get up. But if you're flat on your face, that can kill your spirit. Always think of it in that aspect - if you can look up, you can get up. So far, I can look up and I plan on getting up and living my dream and setting another one for me to live out."

You you have admire Wilson for his upbeat attitude and wish him well in whatever he chooses to do with his life.