The 2016 class of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame — which has been around since 1957 — has been announced, and former Cardinals Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson was among the inductees.
Wilson is in a class with former Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson, former Suns coach John MacLeod, high school basketball coaching legend Royce Youree, race car driver Bob Bondurant and former Grand Canyon State Games director Erik Widmark (himself a one-time Cardinals employee).
“Just looking at the last few classes, Charles Barkley last year, Randy Johnson this year, those guys mean a lot to the Valley, and it’s just a culmination of everything I’ve done here as a Cardinal,” Wilson said. “I feel I’ve done everything right in the community as well.”
Wilson remains in the community, now that he is a scout for the Cardinals. Along with every other member of the personnel department, he’s out at training camp practices on a daily basis. The High Point, North Carolina, native said he feels just at home in Arizona.
“Everyone has taken me in. Nobody has told me to go back to North Carolina,” Wilson said with a chuckle. “I feel good as far as where I am at, being here in Arizona and what I have done.”
The induction ceremony will be held Oct. 27.
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