Windsor graduate Justin Wilson remains hopeful for an NFL career

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Justin Wilson, a recent Delaware State graduate, returns to Windsor from Green Bay Packers training camp. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Windsor High School graduate Justin Wilson has returned home and is back to condition training after the Green Bay Packers recently announced their cut list. However, Justin and his father, Ron Wilson, are optimistic about his future with the NFL.

“My goal right now is to continue to stay in shape and work out, just like I was before,” said Justin. “It's definitely not over. I am going to continue to work hard, stay motivated, and continue to get better.”

During pre-season, each NFL team is allowed 90 players on the training camp roster, according to Ron. Towards the end of August, just before the season begins, teams are mandated to cut their rosters down to 57 players.

“It happens all the time,” said Ron. “Good players get cut all the time and end up getting signed with another team, going back to that team, or making the practice squad.”

The recent Delaware State graduate was called to tryouts in early August after being chosen to participate in the Packers' rookie mini-camp in May. He was signed shortly after the tryout and began pre-season training camp with the team. Justin said upon leaving the three-day camp, team officials said to keep training because he could get called any time.

Becoming a professional athlete has always been Justin's dream, specifically to become an NBA player. Though he received some college basketball offers, there were far more opportunities for him to play football, which was more practical in regard to becoming a professional athlete, he and his father agreed, since Justin is 6-feet, 1-inch in height.

“There are one and a half 6-foot, 1-inch guards in the NBA,” said Justin's dad. “In the NFL, we looked at 13 receivers, and seven were 6-foot, 1-inch and under.”

With the way things are coming together, Justin said he is happy with his decision to pursue football, a sport he has played since he was 7 years old, and the one in which his father has always said he was a natural. During his sports' career at WHS, Justin made All-State in football, basketball and track. He said he always enjoyed playing sports for the competition, especially basketball.

“That's what sports are about, in my opinion, trying to go out there and be the best,” said Justin. “That's what I try to do every time I go out there and play - try to beat the man in front of me.”

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