During a track practice at Virginia Tech, coach Charles Foster remembered seeing David Wilson veer off from the group to begin sizing up the wooden rafters that stretch from the top of the bleachers all the way to the ceiling of the arena. The curiosity turned to disbelief as Foster watched the young kid climb them like handlebars without any harness or support. It didn’t take him long to reach the peak of the Cassell Coliseum, more than 100 feet above the wooden basketball court with not a care in the world. This was fun for Wilson. "He said it didn’t bother him at all until he had to figure out a way to get back down," Foster said yesterday morning. His point was that Wilson, whose football career ended on Monday with a recommendation from the Giants that he never play again, is fearless. Foster, who coached Wilson in the triple jump and long jump, knows he’ll attack the next phase of his life with the same vigor as football. He also has a pretty good feeling that he’ll be a part of Wilson’s next career move: track and field. "I’ve certainly talked to my colleagues about it," Foster said. "He will come here in due time and I’m going to advise him. I’ve been one of his closest associates. I’m going to advise him on his options." In track circles, Wilson wasn’t known as a burner among sprinters, but his ability in the long and triple jump was extremely rare. He was a two-time state champion and national champion in high school. In his final track season at Virginia Tech, he finished sixth nationally at the triple jump and was named an All-American. Jumpers typically develop later in life, too, and can peak as late as 28. There is still plenty of time for him to find his form.
David Wilson's next career move could be return to track and field, former coach says
Newark Star-Ledger | Aug 6