Josh Wilson Combine Interview

Read the full transcript of Josh Wilson's interview with the media at the 2007 NFL Combine. Learn about his special reationship with his late father, the advice he's already received from NFL players, and what he brings to the field!

Josh Wilson Combine Interview

Josh Wilson, CB
Maryland, 5-9, 189
Doing all the drills at the combine

Q - You were a KO return guy in college, do you expect that to help now.

That’s the big thing I bring to the table. Since I’ve been at the Univ. of Maryland I’ve played on every special teams, almost three, four years, and it helps a lot when you bring in someone who does a lot.

Q – You were a good scholar-athlete and won the Tatum Award, which is given to the top senior student-athlete among the league's football players. That should help at this level, right.

Everyone appreciates the way I took academics so seriously

Q - You graduated with a degree in business marketing

Everyone sees that as a good characteristic that I had, and that award in the ACC shows that I wasn’t just a great athlete in college but I stroke to be a great student.

Q- Asked about the caliber of wide receiver competition in the ACC making him a better CB.

Week in and week out in the ACC as a cornerback you were facing the best of the best. Calvin Johnson Ga. Tech), Chansi Stuckey (Clemson) you have great receivers at Virginia, at Miami, years past Virginia Tech. … It made me stay on my horse and not get lacksidasical. You think you’re a great cornerback and that’s when you get beat over the top or on a missed tackle so they kept me on my toes and I needed them as much as they needed me.

It was noted that Wilson ran track at Maryland and he said he ran track there for two years. He was asked about his 40-dash times, he has sub-4.3 times on his resume.

Q - You think you can crack 4.3

No, no, no … 4.3 is not a problem cracking. I’m thinking about cracking 4.2.

He said he his lowest time so far is 4.25.

Q - Wilson’s father was Tim Wilson, who was Earl Campbell’s blocking back in Houston. Tim Wilson died of a heart attack in 1996 when Josh was a child. Josh carries his father’s football card with him and has an image of the card tattooed on his chest near his heart with the inscription, Forever in my heart. He doesn’t carry it with him during games so that "I don’t mess up the card, it’s already a little bad."

I just remember it’s always with me. The big reason I got the tattoo is because I wanted a way to carry it with me all the time. If someone stole my wallet I’d be pretty upset, not because there’s a lot of money in it it’s about a dollar but because I have more valuable things in there than money.

Q - Did your father ever give you any advice about football.

The big thing he told me … drives my whole football career. The first year I played football I wanted to play running back so bad but the coach wouldn’t give me a chance. So (his father) said you only get one opportunity so when you get that one opportunity you have to take it. So I had that one opportunity and scored five straight touchdowns. … From then on I was starting tailback and defense.

You can ask anyone who watches me, I always go hard in practice, I’m just as much a competitor in practice as I am in a game, because you never know what play is going to be your final play, what play is going to make that team want you.

Q – Asked about relationship with Earl Campbell - He is good friends with Earl Campbell

He’s all excited and he said, ‘I’ve been reading your articles’ and I’m, like, ‘You’re in the Hall of Fame and you have a Heisman Trophy, why are you excited about reading some articles about some kid from Maryland?’ He said, ‘I’ve known you for so long … I never though that I’d have this chance to see you grow up and be the player that you are.’ So it makes me proud for a guy of his status saying something like to me.

Q – Asked about former Terrapins in the pros, particularly Denver DB Domonique Foxworth.

Wilson said he talks with Foxworth and D’qwell Jackson, Cleveland LB.

Domonique was there for two years and I probably asked him as many questions as you possibly could ask anybody about playing football and he was always open to helping me out. To this day, I’ll call him ask ‘What about this, how do you do this’ and he’ll tell me. He’s been a very influential person in my career. I appreciate everything he’s done for me and helping me the corner I am today.

He said Foxworth’s parents also helped he and his mom with off-the-field stuff helping him prepare for this stage of his career.\

Q - Reason for Maryland sending so many defensive players to the NFL.

We’ve been lucky to have great athletes come through (but) … a lot of teams have great athletes but they don’t turn out to be great players. We have great players and they teach the younger players how to be great players and it keeps that whole system going. That’s what Domonique did for me and that’s wht I tried to do for the kids coming along next and hopefully, this tradition continues next year and years after that.

Q – Asked about any similarities to his father.

Josh admits that he was too young to remember his father as a player so he’s going on what he was told. One disimilarity, he said, is that his father was quiet and Josh admits he is not quiet.

He had a big heart and … he always made sure he got the job done and he did whatever it took to get on the field. Those are the kinds of things I try to pick up from him.

Q – The difficulties of having his father die.

You’re 11 years old, that was hard for me at 11. There were days when I would just sit back and cry. Now, I feel bad for my mom because she didn’t know what to do. It’s hard. You have a son who doesn’t have a father. A lot of things she didn’t have answers for and. And the things she have answers for, I didn’t want to hear.

But it’s one of the things that has made me stronger as a person, made me stronger as a man and stronger as a football player. It gave me that driving force that nothing can stop me. I have my dad looking over me from upstairs and nothing can stop me now.

Q – You are smart and fast but you have to overcome the size issue as you go through the draft and try to make a team. Foxworth had the same thing going against him. What are your thoughts on that.

I’ve been dealing with this height thing since I got to college.

Wilson said when he was recruited at Maryland that (head coach) Ralph Friedgen wanted to give him a scholarship but was told that the DB coach thought he was too short so he went to an intra-squad camp "and Vernon Jackson and all the top receivers were there and I shut them all down and the next day I had a scholarship."

Again, Foxworth had advice on the topic of being considered too small.

He always showed me that it wasn’t how big you are. A lot of people just use their skills – God gives you skills but you’ve got to know how to use your body and put your body in a certain position where you make yourself taller, you make yourself bigger.

I may not be the biggest guy but I feel I’ll still come up and strike you because I know how to position my body to hit you at just the right angle. I may not be the tallest guy but facing (6-5, Ga. Tech) Calvin Johnson and (6-6, Fla. State) Greg Carr, I was right in there with them. You just have to know how to use your skills and your body to be able to fluidly play these guys with their advantage. And these guys aren’t going to have the speed that I have. If they want to compete, they’re going to have to compensate for that.


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