BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Adrian Wilson was one of the most ferocious football players on the face of the earth when he played with the Arizona Cardinals.
Those days of hitting people are well behind Wilson. Now he gets to do some recon on players he feels would be the next generation of hard hitters for the team.
On Monday, the Cardinals announced that Wilson will be joining the team’s personnel department as a scout. In his new role, Wilson will assist with both the Cardinals pro and college scouting departments.
Prior to his hiring, Wilson was working with the team as part of the Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship, which was created in January of 2015. The Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship is designed to educate former players who are interested in a career in professional scouting. The program gives participants hands-on experience as full-time members of an NFL scouting staff, shadowing NFL scouts during an internship that develops their ability to scout out talent.
Wilson retired from the NFL in April of 2015, and was inducted in the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor last season. He played for Arizona for 12 seasons (2001-12) after joining the team as a third-round selection (64th overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft out of N.C. State.
Wilson was a five-time Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2008-11) and a three-time All-Pro selection (2006, 2008-09). He finished his professional football career with 987 tackles (716 solos), 25.5 sacks, 27 interceptions, 106 passes defensed, 15 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and four touchdowns in 181 regular season games (162 starts). Wilson and Hall of Famer Larry Wilson (1962-63, ’65-70) are the only two safeties in Cardinals history to be selected to five or more Pro Bowls.