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Making the Case for Adrian Wilson’s Hall of Fame Induction



Three former NC State players were among the 102 Modern-Era Nominees for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class released Friday.

Wide Receiver Torry Holt
Safety Adrian Wilson
Head Coach Bill Cowher

In this piece, I will make the case that former NC State Safety Adrian Wilson deserves to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is the first year that Wilson was eligible to be nominated (has to be 5 years after retirement).

(Technically the last season Wilson played was 2012, but he missed the 2013 season on the Injured Reserve with the Patriots, and was signed by the Bears in 2014, but was cut before the beginning of the season.)

I already made the case that former NC State All-American Wide Receiver Torry Holt should finally be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

Adrian Wilson finished his NFL career (12 seasons) with 886 tackles, 27 interceptions, 25.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries and 4 defensive touchdowns.

If you look at the 12 years he played in the NFL, and dissect the stats of all of the Strong Safeties that played during that time, you could make a strong case for Wilson being one of the best, if not the best, to play the position while he was suiting up.

During those 12 seasons (all with the Arizona Cardinals), he ranked 1st among Strong Safeties in tackles and interceptions, 2nd in interceptions, 2nd in defensive touchdowns, 4th in forced fumbles, and 5th in fumble recoveries.


Pro Bowl 5x (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

1st Team All-Pro in 2009 & 2nd Team All-Pro in 2006 & 2008

Super Bowl

Wilson helped lead the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII, where they lost to the Steelers 24-27. The 2008 Super Bowl appearance is the only one in the history of the Cardinals history while being in Arizona.

25/25 Club Member

Wilson is one of only 6 players in NFL history, regardless of position, to finish their NFL Career with 25 sacks and 25 interceptions

Ray Lewis – 31 interceptions and 41.5 sacks
Ronde Barber – 47 interceptions and 28 sacks
Rodney Harrison – 34 interceptions and 30.5 sacks
William Thomas – 27 interceptions and 37 sacks
Brian Dawkins – 37 interceptions and 26 sacks
Adrian Wilson – 27 interceptions and 25.5 sacks

When it comes to NFL history, that is an elite club to be a part of.


Wilson won’t be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. This is Holt’s 5th year being nominated, and he has been a semi-finalist each of the 4 times prior. It’s not easy for a Safety to make it into the Hall, and if he ever makes it in, it will likely be numerous years before it happens. With that being said, Wilson’s numbers speak for themselves. He was one of the best to play the position during his era.

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49ers Release Former NC State CB Dontae Johnson



On Monday the 49ers released former NC State Cornerback Dontae Johnson.

Johnson signed with San Francisco on October 3rd of this year, and played in 5 games for them, recording 4 tackles (2 special teams).

This is Johnson’s 6th year in the NFL. He spent his first 4 years in the league in San Fran, after being drafted by them in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Last season Johnson spent time in Seattle, Arizona, and Buffalo, but only played 1 game all year, battling injury.

Johnson started this season with the Niners, then was released before the season, played the first 2 games for the Chargers, was released, and picked up by San Fran again (3rd stint), only to be released for the 3rd time.

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NC State in the NFL: Week 10 Report



13 of the 21 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 10 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.

Quarterback Ryan Finley (starter) started his first NFL game, completing 16 of 30 for 167 yards and a touchdown (1 interception) in Cincinnati’s 49-13 loss to Baltimore. He also rushed the ball 5 times for 22 yards.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) started his second career game, playing 49% of the defensive snaps. He had 4 tackles the Bengals’ 49-13 loss to the Ravens.

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 30-27 loss to Tampa Bay. Sweezy ranks 8th in the NFL amongst Offensive Guards in Pass Block Win Rate.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) led the Seahawks to a 27-24 victory over the undefeated 49ers in overtime. He was 23 of 34 for 232 yards and a touchdown (1 interception). Wilson also rushed the ball 6 times for 53 yards.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) had the worst game of the season, completing 17 of 31 for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with 3 interceptions in the Chargers 26-24 loss to the Raiders. His QB Rating was 57.5 on the day.

I love Philip, but this pursuit angle after one of his interceptions is priceless.

Also, turning the ball over has been something Rivers has done more often than he’d like over the past couple of years.

Running Back Nyheim Hines rushed the ball 3 times for 14 yards, and had 4 receptions for 30 yards (7 targets) in the Colts’ 16-12 loss to the Dolphins. Hines played in 43% of the offensive snaps.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels (starter) started for the 2nd straight week for the injured James Conner, rushing 14 times for 29 yards, and 3 receptions for 11 yards (7 targets) in the Steelers’ 17-12 victory over the Rams. He played in 55% of the offensive snaps.

Defensive Back Juston Burris (starter) started for the third straight week, but only played in 18% of the defensive snaps for the Browns in their 19-16 victory over the Bills.

Defensive End B.J. Hill had 2 tackles in the Giants’ 34-27 loss to the Jets. He played 28% of the defensive snaps.

Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 4 times for an average of 42.5 yards in Oakland’s 26-24 win over Los Angeles.

Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played in 100% of the offensive snaps in Minnesota’s 28-24 victory over Dallas.

Offensive Lineman Ted Larsen played 3 special teams snaps in the Bears’ 20-13 victory over the Lions.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka had a rough day, missing both field goal attempts (34 & 53) in the Bills’ 19-16 loss to the Browns.


Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill (Chargers)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)


Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (shoulder)
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (knee)


Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (Patriots)
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers (Patriots)
Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (Redskins)
Offensive Lineman Will Richardson (Jaguars)


Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Broncos) – knee
Defensive End Kentavius Street (49ers) – knee


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Jacoby Brissett OUT for Week 10



After spraining his MCL last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, former NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett has been ruled OUT of the Colts’ matchup against the Dolphins tomorrow.

» Brissett suffered an injury to his left knee early in the second quarter of last Sunday’s Week 9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers; he was rolled up on by left guard Quenton Nelson, who was knocked back into the quarterback’s leg by a Steelers defender. An MRI on Monday confirmed Brissett had a sprained MCL, but indicated he had sustained no serious damage. While Brissett, who was originally ruled questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, was a limited participant in all three practices this week, the team was also giving quarterback Brian Hoyer — who had three touchdown passes in relief work last week — extra practice reps just in case; Hoyer is in line to get his 38th-career start — and first with the Colts — on Sunday. The team on Saturday also announced it had elevated quarterback Chad Kelly to the active roster from the practice squad. (NFL)

Tomorrow as going to be an epic day for NC State…aka…QBU.

Four former Wolfpack quarterbacks were set to start in Week 10, but Brissett will not be joining Philip Rivers (Chargers), Russell Wilson (Seahawks) and Ryan Finley (Bengals).

Finley will be starting his first career game tomorrow against the Ravens.

It looks like we will have to wait until Week 13 for the chance to see 4 former NC State players starting at Quarterback in 2019. Wilson has a bye in Week 11 and Rivers has a bye in Week 12.

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NC State in the NFL: Week 9 Report



16 of the 21 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) went bananas, throwing for 378 yards (67%) and 5 touchdowns (0 interceptions) in Seattle’s 40-34 victory over Tampa Bay in overtime. He posted a QB Rating of 133.7.

Wilson has officially done what no QB has ever done through the first 9 games.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels (starter) set a Steelers record for receptions by a running back in a single game, snagging 13 passes for 80 yards in Pittsburgh’s 26-24 victory over Indy. He also had 8 rushes for 10 yards. Jay Sam played in 65% of the offensive snaps.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) went down with a sprained MCL in the Colts’ 26-24 loss to the Steelers.

Before going down, Brissett was 4 of 5 for 59 yards. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, which is a sign he might be good to go for Sunday.

Quarterback Philip Rivers was 21 of 28 for 294 yards in the Chargers’ 26-11 victory over the Packers. His QB Rating was 108.3.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had 1 reception for 6 yards (2 targets) in Washington’s 24-9 loss to Buffalo. Harmon started the 3rd game of his career, playing 50% of the snaps. He also picked up a fumble recovery.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Patriots’ 37-20 loss to the Ravens.

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 28-25 loss to the 49ers last Thursday night.

Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings’ 26-23 loss to the Chiefs.

Defensive Back Juston Burris (starter) started his 3rd game of the season, and his second consecutive game in the Browns’ 24-19 loss to the Broncos. He didn’t record any stats, playing in 24% of the defensive snaps.

Running Back Nyheim Hines had 1 rush for 7 yards, and 1 reception (3 targets) for 21 yards in the Colts’ 26-24 loss to the Steelers. He played in 29% of the offensive snaps.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) connected on his only field goal attempt from 42 yards, and made all 33 extra point attempts.

Punter A.J. Cole punted the ball 2 times for an average of 48 yards in the Raiders’ 31-24 victory over the Lions.

Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played in 45% of the offensive snaps in Jacksonville’s 26-3 loss to Houston.

Defensive End B.J. Hill had 1 tackle in the Giants’ 37-18 loss to the Cowboys, playing in 25% of the defensive snaps.

Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill had 1 tackle, playing 20% of the defensive snaps in Los Angeles’ 26-11 victory over Green Bay.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers played in only 1 offensive snap in New England’s 37-20 loss to Baltimore. The addition of Mohamed Sanu is going to significantly cut into Jakobi’s playing time.


Linebacker Germaine Pratt (Bengals)
Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)


Offensive Lineman Ted Larsen (Bears)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)


Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (shoulder)


Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Broncos) – knee
Defensive End Kentavius Street (49ers) – knee


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