George Wilson’s profile set to soar

Posted on March 31, 2010 by Patrick Moran

Buffalo Bills safety George Wilson has had quite the past 12 months.  A year ago he was little more than a special teams player trying to carve his way into a prolonged NFL career.  The converted wide receiver went from practice squad member to valuable depth in three seasons with the team, but only amassed career totals of 64 tackles and two interceptions.

Wilson’s stock soared last season when he took advantage of injuries in the secondary to become a starter.  He finished 2009 with career-highs of 103 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks.

A restricted free agent, the Bills thought enough of him to tender him at the second-round level, which Wilson signed this week worth $1.759 million.

Wilson will get every opportunity to compete against Donte Whitner and Bryan Scott to start in 2010 alongside Jairus Byrd.  Whether he starts or not, Wilson is expected to see an advanced role in the new 3-4 defense.

So to say things are going good for him on the football field is accurate.  But his football prowess pales in comparison to what he took part in recently.

Mary J. Blige is one of the top music performers in the world. Since bursting onto the scene in the early 1990’s with “What’s the 411”, Blige has become one of the top selling artists and respected performers in the industry.

Her videos have been entertaining and groundbreaking, and when her new video hits the air soon it will feature an athlete who plays the man in her life.

That man is George Wilson.

Wilson just finished shooting the video with Blige last week, titled “We Got Hood Love.”

He obviously was thrilled at the opportunity to work with one of music’s leading ladies.

“She’s such a classy lady to work with,” Wilson said.  “She was so down to earth.  It was definitely like a dream come true to be able to work with someone of that stature that I’ve looked up to and enjoyed her music for so long.”

Wilson said he was discovered by producers for the video after doing a photo shoot in Essence Magazine a couple of months ago.

As you’d suspect, he’s taking a little good natured ribbing from his teammates.

“I don’t know if I can hang out with him anymore,” Byrd joked.  “I think he’s gotten too big for me.”

In reality, Wilson is one of the most liked members on the team and his good nature along with talent is a big reason why his return was necessary.

He won the team’s Walter Payton Award last year, awarded for excellent play on-the-field and his tremendous off-the-field contributions to the community.

With this video soon to come out, we anticipate his star rising far beyond Buffalo—and it’s much deserved.

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