Arizona Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill's statement on Adrian Wilson release

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The team says goodbye, but it recognizes his contribution over more than a decade.

The Arizona Cardinals announced that they have released safety Adrian Wilson. He has played more than any other Arizona Cardinals player in team history. He is one of six NFL players to log at least 25 sacks and interceptions. He was one of the best players in team history.

team president Michael Bidwill released the following statement about the veteran safety:

"All of us thank Adrian for what he has meant not only to our organization but also to this community," said Cardinals President Michael Bidwill. "In every franchise, there is a select group of players whose contributions earn them iconic status and for us, Adrian Wilson will always be one of those players. He joined us at a key time in our organization's evolution and helped lead us into a new era. We will always be grateful for that and look forward to the day when he's placed in the Ring of Honor at University of Phoenix Stadium alongside the other all-time great Cardinals.

"Decisions like this are never easy but it's especially tough with someone like Adrian because he's been such a special player and important part of this organization for the last 12 years," said Cardinals GM Steve Keim. "He and I have a long history, as many know. I had the privilege of meeting Adrian at North Carolina State when he was a 17-year old freshman. It was obvious even then that his infectious smile and imposing stature could make him a star. His disruptive style meant opponents always had to know where #24 lined up and the statistics illustrate all that he accomplished through his play on the field. Just as impressive, though, has been the leadership, discipline and determination he brought day in and day out, year in and year out."

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