The Arizona Cardinals announced on Monday when former safety Adrian Wilson will be added to the team's Ring of Honor. It was known all along it was going to happen this season, but now we know the details. The team will honor Wilson and reveal his name in University of Phoenix Stadium during halftime of the team's Week 3 game against the San Francisco 49ers. It will be Sunday, September 27.
Wilson, who retired from the NFL in April, spent 12 seasons (2001-12) with the Cardinals after joining the team as a third-round selection (64th overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft out of N.C. State. A five-time Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2008-11) and three time All-Pro selection (2006, 2008-09), he finished his NFL 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 team history selected to five or more Pro Bowls.
Wilson will become the 15th member of the Cardinals Ring of Honor, the creation of which coincided with the opening of University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006. He is the third safety in the group whose other 14 members include Charles W. Bidwill, Sr. (Owner), Jimmy Conzelman (Coach), T Dan Dierdorf, HB John "Paddy" Driscoll, HB/DB Marshall Goldberg, CB Dick "Night Train" Lane, HB Ollie Matson, HB Ernie Nevers, S Pat Tillman, HB Charley Trippi, QB Kurt Warner, CB Roger Wehrli, CB Aeneas Williams and S Larry Wilson. Eleven of the 14 members of the Cardinals Ring of Honor are also enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
A five-time team captain (2007, 2009-12), the 35-year old Wilson is one of just six players in NFL history (Ronde Barber, Brian Dawkins, Rodney Harrison, Ray Lewis, William Thomas) with at least 25 sacks and 25 interceptions in their career. His 181 games played rank as the sixth-highest total in team history and the second most among Cardinals defenders behind only Hall of Fame defensive back Roger Wehrli (193). Wilson's 27 INT's rank sixth in team history, his 25.5 sacks rank 12th on the Cardinals all-time list and his 508 INT return yards rank fifth. His four NFC Defensive Player of the Week selections are the most in team history.
Since sacks became an official statistic in 1982, Wilson's 25.5 career sacks rank as the fourth-best total in league history among defensive backs and his eight sacks in 2005 were the most in a single season in NFL history by a defensive back.
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