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Giants RB Wilson Advised To Never Play Football Again

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 10:  Running back David Wilson #34  of the New York Giants rushes upfield against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a pre-season football game August 10, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, FL – AUGUST 10: Running back David Wilson #34 of the New York Giants rushes upfield against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a pre-season football game August 10, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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New York Giants running back David Wilson’s NFL career is over because of a back injury.

The 23-year-old Wilson was told by doctors Monday that he risked more serious problems if he kept playing. He underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disk in his neck in January. At practice last Tuesday, he caught a pass and ran with his head down into the back of an offensive lineman, a hit that caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities.

He missed the last 11 games last season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal cord.

Wilson says: “I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me. I lived my dream.”

The 2012 first-round pick played two seasons with the Giants.

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