Adrian Wilson wheeled away on his Segway Wednesday after holding court with reporters for about 15 minutes. A-Dub heated up as he went, cracking deadpan jokes (his specialty) and delivering some quality sound bites.
I’ve known Wilson for his whole NFL career. He’s let me have a glimpse into his life. But even I know that, this time of year, you’re not going to get to engage Wilson much. He’s officially in camp mode. So after I chided him for not saying hi to me previously, he barked in the way only he can, “I’m not talking to anyone right now.” And as his Segway picked up speed, he bellowed back, “And that’s the last interview!”
We’ll see about that.
In the meantime, Wilson had some things to say. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and as coach Ken Whisenhunt said, Wilson “plays better with a chip on his shoulder.” No surprise after his injury last season and all the questions of if he can still play.
“I need to turn in my papers and retire, then the next day, ‘He’s so great,’ ” Wilson said. “I know what type of player I am, I know I’m a top-50 player in this league. I’m going to go out and do my thing.”
— On helping young guys: “I’ll do what I can. My job was this offseason making sure those guys were ready to go. I did that, I didn’t get a check for it. As of right now, I am learning just like they are.”
— On losing DRC and the addition of Patrick Peterson: “Patrick is pretty good. We’ll see. I love the kid honestly. His confidence level makes me confident. He knows the playbook, he knows the things we want to do and he doesn’t talk back, which is great.
“We will definitely miss DRC but at the same time, we have to keep going. We’re not going to have a funeral for him.”
— On young players absorbing his wisdom: “I have a lot of good information. It’s up to you if you want to listen. I’m not going to beat it down your head to keep it in there.”
— On finally joining Twitter after insisting he never would: “Sometimes I have a lot of good things to say. … My whole social media thing done picked up a little bit.”
As for his abductor tear, he had no desire to go there. He’s always been a no-excuses guy. “We’re not going to talk about that. We’ll see Sept. 11.”
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