Pro Career: 5X Pro Bowler, 4X All-Pro, 2008 NFC Champion, Member of the 25/25Club, 12 yr. NFL Veteran

The Cardinals third-round selection in the 2001 NFL Draft (64th overall), Wilson, was the longest tenured player on the Arizona roster, emerged as a defensive leader and signed a five-year contract extension on 12/22/04. He signed his second five-year extension on 6/4/09 that would have kept him in a Cardinals uniform through the 2013 season.

2016: Since the retiring from NFL in 2015, Adrian has remained in Phoenix, joining the Arizona Cardinals Front Office becoming an Executive in their Scouting Department. He also remains very active in his two businesses, High Point and Greats Brand as well as corporate appearances, charity events and philanthropic activities and plays in many charity golf, football and baseball games.

2015: On Sunday, Sept 27th, 2015, the Arizona Cardinals inducted strong safety Adrian Wilson into its Ring of Honor at halftime of the game vs. the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, September 27 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Wilson became ony the 15th member of the Cardinals to go into the Ring of Honor, the creation of which coincided with the opening of University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006.

On Monday, April 20, 2015, Wilson signed a one-day contract with the Arizona Cardinals and announced his retirement from the National Football League.

2014: On August 31, 2013, the New England Patriots placed Wilson on the season-ending injury reserve due to an Achilles tendon injury. He was released by the Patriots on April 4, 2014.

2013: On March 8th, Adrian was released by the Arizona Cardinals. A week later, on March 15th, 2013, Adrian proudly announced he had signed a 3 year deal w/ the 3X Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

2012-2013: Finished the season with a combined 54 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception. On December 16, 2012, Wilson recorded a sack against the Detroit Lions which put him in the 25/25 club (25 sacks and 25 interceptions). Wilson became just the sixth player in NFL history to do this. Currently has 25.5 Sacks and 27 INTS

2011-2012: After being selected as a defensive captain for the third straight season, started all 16 games despite suffering a torn biceps during training camp … recorded a team-leading and career-high 16 passes defensed and tied for the team lead among defensive backs with 75 tackles … also had one INT and one forced fumble … named to the Pro Bowl for the fourth straight year and fifth time overall … played 1,134 snaps on the season, the most of any defensive player in the NFL … after missing all four preseason games due to the biceps injury, returned to action and started vs. Car (9/11); recorded four tackles, including a tackle for loss … collected his 26th career INT @ Was (9/18), picking off a Rex Grossman pass at the 2-yard line on the Redskins opening drive of the game; also collected four tackles, including a tackle for loss, and had two passes defensed and one QB pressure … posted six tackles, including one for loss, and had one pass defensed @ Sea (9/25) … recorded three tackles and had one pass defensed and two QB pressures vs. NYG (10/2) … had a team-high two passes defensed and also collected four tackles vs. Pit (10/23) … collected three unassisted tackles and two passes defensed @ Bal (10/30) … led the DBs with seven tackles, including one for loss vs. StL (11/6) … recorded five tackles, including one for loss, and had one pass defensed @ SF (11/20) … led the DBs with six tackles, including a team-best two for loss vs. Dal (12/4); final tackle was the 900th of his career … recorded three tackles, including one for loss, and tied for the team lead with two passes defensed vs. SF (12/11) … posted a team-leading and season-high eight tackles vs. Cle (12/18); also had one pass defensed … forced a fumble by Cedric Benson in the fourth quarter that helped set up a Cardinals TD @ Cin (12/24); led DBs with seven tackles and had one pass defensed … collected six tackles, including one for loss, and had two passes defensed in the season finale vs. Sea (1/1/12).

2010: Earned fourth trip to the Pro Bowl and third straight selection as a starter after starting all 16 games and registering a career-high 118 tackles, the third 100+ tackle season of his career … prior to the season, was selected as a defensive captain by his teammates for the second consecutive season and for the third time in his career (2007, ’09) … in the season opener registered three tackles, one sack, two INTs and first career blocked FG @ StL (9/12); became the first player to record an INT, sack and blocked FG in a game since DE Julius Peppers on 11/28/04 vs. TB; also became the first Cardinals player in history to record two INTs, a sack and a blocked FG in the same game; named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week,” the fourth “Player of the Week” selection of his career; now has the most defensive Player of the Week awards in team history; marked 25 career INTs, passing Kwamie Lassiter for sixth place on the franchise career list; second multi-INT game of his career (3 INTs vs. Dal 10/20/02); recorded an INT and a sack in the same game for the fifth time in his career … tied for the lead among AZ DBs with eight tackles @ SD (10/3) … recorded five tackles and one pass defensed vs. NO (10/10); part of defense that held Drew Brees to his second lowest passer rating (68.2) since the start of the 2009 season (58.9 at Mia, 10/25/09) … recorded a team-high 11 tackles and one pass defensed @ Min (11/7) … for the second straight week led team with 11 tackles while also recording a sack and one tackle for loss vs. Sea (11/14) … for the third week in a row recorded a team-high 10 tackles and one pass defensed @ KC (11/21); marked only the second time in his career he registered at least 10 tackles in three straight games (12 vs. StL-11/3/02; 11 vs. Sea-11/10/02; 10 @ Phi-11/17/02) … registered a career-high 12 unassisted tackles as part of a season-high 13 tackles, one pass defensed and three QB hits vs. Den (12/12); marked the 13th career game with at least 10 tackles and fourth in 2010; part of a secondary that held the Broncos fourth ranked pass offense to 166 yards—105 yards below their average entering the game … led team with two tackles for loss and finished second with nine tackles vs. Dal (12/25) … registered three tackles and tied for the team-lead with two passes defensed in the season finale @ SF (1/2/11); marked 150thcareer game played.

2009: Selected as a team captain for the second consecutive year and started all 18 games played, marking the first time he played all 16 regular season games since 2006 … part of defense that held the 49ers to 21 yards on 25 carries in the season opener vs. SF (9/13); marked the third lowest rushing total in SF’s history … registered a team-high nine tackles, two tackles for loss, half a sack and fumble recovery @ Jax (9/20); marked first fumble recovery since 12/10/06 vs. Seattle … totaled three tackles @ Sea (10/18) and helped limit the Seahawks to 128 total net yards, the lowest yardage output by an opponent since 1990 (100-Dallas, 10/14) … led team with two tackles for loss, hauled in a third quarter INT that set the Cardinals up at the NY 20-yard line and led to the game-winning TD, and recovered a fumble at the AZ 42-yard-line in the fourth quarter to preserve the Cardinals seven point lead @ NYG (10/25); named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in his career, becoming the third Cardinals defensive player to win the award three times, joining S Antrel Rolle and CB Aeneas Williams; registered 500th solo tackle of his career … with two minutes remaining collected an INT at the AZ five-yard-line vs. Sea (11/15) … registered one INT and six tackles @ StL (11/22); marked just the second time in his career he had INTs in back-to-back games (2007); reached 700 career tackles … tied for the team lead with eight tackles while recording a career-high four passes defensed and one INT @ SF (12/14) … for the fourth time in his career recorded one sack and one INT, as well as four tackles vs. StL (12/27); the INT and sack came in the final four minutes of the game and gave him 23 INTs and 20.5 sacks for his career, making him the 10th player in NFL history with 20 sacks and 20 INTs in their career; marked first game with a sack and INT since recording two sacks and one INT on 9/17/06 at Seattle … totaled three tackles and one pass defensed in the Wild Card contest vs. GB (1/10/10) … started sixth career postseason game, registering six tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass defensed, and a QB hit in the Divisional matchup @ NO (1/16/10).

2008: Started 14 of 15 games played during the regular season and all four postseason games while earning his second trip to the Pro Bowl … collected his first INT of the season off QB J.T. O’Sullivan in the first quarter @ SF (9/7) in season opener … after missing practice all week due to a hamstring injury, saw action on a limited basis and recorded one QB hit that forced QB Trent Edwards (concussion) out of the game early in the first quarter vs. Buf (10/5) … led team with six unassisted tackles to eclipse 600 career tackles and forced QB Marc Bulger to fumble on his own 21-yard line in the second quarter @ StL (11/2) … recorded a QB hit and one INT that stopped a 49ers drive at the AZ 18-yard-line with 2:34 remaining in the fourth quarter vs. SF (11/10); late in the third quarter disrupted a play by blitzing just off the center in which QB Shaun Hill fumbled and was recovered by LB Clark Haggans at the SF 10 yard-line and later resulted in a FG to cut the 49ers lead to one point … finished second on the team with seven tackles, one sack, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one QB hit @ Sea (11/16); forced RB Julius Jones to fumble at AZ 32 yard-line and was recovered by DT Darnell Dockett and resulted in a FG on ensuing drive … before leaving the game in the fourth quarter due to a sprained shoulder registered nine tackles and one tackle for loss vs. NYG (11/23) … recorded two tackles for loss as well as a season-high 10 tackles vs. Min (12/14) … started his 100th career game vs. Sea (12/28) … started first career playoff game and registered five tackles, one forced fumble and one QB hit vs. Atl (1/3/09); part of defense that held the Falcons, the second best rushing team in the NFL during the regular season with 152.7 yards per game average, to just 60 yards on 24 carries (2.5 avg.) … registered two sacks and forced a fumble on one that was recovered by DE Bertrand Berry vs. Phi (1/18/09); marked the fourth multi-sack game of his career and first since 9/17/06 vs. Sea … led team with seven solo tackles vs. Pit (2/1/09) in Super Bowl XLIII.

2007: Started first nine games, registering 54 tackles with two INTs before suffering season ending heel injury vs. Det (11/11) … second on the team with season-high 10 total tackles and eight unassisted tackles as well as one tackle for loss @ Bal (9/23) … registered five total tackles (three solos) and two tackles for loss while intercepting Ben Roethlisberger in end zone in a critical play following a Cardinals fumble that gave the Steelers the ball at the AZ 4-yard line with the score tied in the third quarter vs. Pit (9/30) … recorded five tackles, an INT and one pass defensed @ StL (10/7); marked the first time in his career with an INT in consecutive games … registered six tackles @ Was (10/21) as part of defense that held Washington to 160 total net yards, the lowest output by a Cardinals opponent since the L.A. Rams had 152 yards on 9/4/94 … recorded a tackle for loss and one QB pressure that resulted in a Karlos Dansby INT before leaving the game in the third quarter due to a heel injury vs. Det (11/11) … had made 59 consecutive starts while appearing in 73 straight games before being inactive with a right heel injury @ Cin (11/18) … inactive vs. SF (11/25) and placed on injured reserve on 12/1.

2006: Selected to his first Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games, returning both an INT and fumble 99 yards for TDs … had seven tackles, two sacks and an INT of QB Matt Hasselbeck @ Sea (9/17); the two sacks gave Wilson, who set an NFL record for DBs with eight sacks in 2005, eight sacks in his last nine games … intercepted a Michael Vick pass near the Cardinals endzone and returned it a franchise record 99 yards for a TD in the second quarter @ Atl (10/1); also recorded five tackles … on MNF vs. Chi (10/16) recorded six tackles, a sack of Rex Grossman, one pass defensed and a forced fumble … totaled nine tackles and recovered a fourth quarter Chester Taylor fumble at the Cardinals one-yard line and ran in back 99 yards for a TD @ Min (11/26) … came up with another big game, tying for the team-high with nine tackles while adding an INT, two passes defensed and a forced fumble @ StL (12/3); the INT, his fourth of the season which tied his career-high, came as the Rams were driving in Arizona territory minutes before halftime helping to set up a Neil Rackers 23-yard FG … continued his push for the Pro Bowl with six tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Sea (12/10); fumble recovery came after Robert Griffith knocked the ball loose from Seattle RB Shawn Alexander and led to a Cardinals TD on the ensuing possession; also made the key tackle on fourth down that stopped Seattle’s potential game winning drive.

2005: Selected as a Pro Bowl alternate … recorded eight sacks, a team-high and the most by a DB in the NFL since sacks became official in 1982 … recorded 11 tackles, the second highest total on the team @ Sea (9/25) and broke up one pass … recorded a career-high 17 tackles @ Det (11/13) and defended one pass … had a career game @ StL (11/20) sacking the Rams QBs three times and forcing Marc Bulger out of the game with a shoulder injury; recorded eight stops, also recorded a forced fumble and recovered a fumble … totaled seven tackles, two for a loss, a sack on Alex Smith, a forced fumble, recovered a fumble and deflected a pass @ SF (12/4) … recorded five tackles, three for loss, and sacked Mike McMahon twice while defending two passes vs. Phi (12/24).

2004: Started every contest for the Cardinals in 2004 … finished second on the team in tackles, and one shy of his second career 100-tackle season … recorded four tackles, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup in the season opener @ StL (9/12); recovered a fumble on the first Rams drive of the game after Quentin Harris forced a Steven Jackson fumble on the Arizona 26-yard line … intercepted Michael Vick and returned the ball 11 yards to the Atl 18 to set up a Neil Rackers FG, which gave the Cardinals their only points of the game; tied for a team-high seven tackles and had a team-high two passes defensed @ Atl (9/26) … recovered a fumbled reverse handoff between Dante Stallworth and Aaron Stecker and returned it 35 yards for a TD to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead with 4:16 left in the first quarter vs. NO (10/3); recorded five tackles; named NFC Defensive Player of the Week following his five tackles and fumble recovery for a TD; the Cards defense held their opponent without a TD for the second consecutive game for the first time since November, 1970 … recorded his first sack of the season in addition to two tackles and a forced fumble vs. StL (12/19) … notched six tackles, one pass defensed and intercepted a Chris Simms pass with 1:06 remaining which sealed the win for the Cardinals in the season finale vs. TB (1/2).

2003: Started all but one contest … produced the Cards first blocked punt since 1997 … recorded eight stops and a pass deflection vs. Bal (10/12) … had three tackles from scrimmage vs. SF (10/26) and blocked punt in the third quarter which rolled out of bounds at the 49er 11-yard line; Cards converted the possession into a FG in eventual 18–17 victory; whistled for two personal fouls in fourth quarter and ejected from the game … did not start vs. Car (12/14) due to an illness but came off bench to provide three tackles.

2002: Vaulted over 100-total tackle plateau in first season as a starter … recorded three INTs in 9–6 win vs. Dal (10/20); earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors, most INTs by a Cardinal since Kwamie Lassiter made four INTs in 1998 season finale vs. SD … inactive for season-opener @ Was (9/8) while still on mend from preseason right-shoulder dislocation vs. Den (8/24) … posted three INTs and a thundering sack of Quincy Carter on opening play of game vs. Dal (10/20) … season-best 12 combined tackles vs. StL (11/3) … set the table for both Cardinal TDs @ Phi (11/17); on first, knocked the ball loose from Eagle QB Donovan McNabb on third play of game to set up 12-yard TD pass; McNabb suffered a fractured ankle on the play; on second pick, Wilson intercepted McNabb in the second quarter and returned the ball 35 yards to Philadelphia’s two-yard line; Arizona scored on its ensuing play from scrimmage; finished contest with 10 tackles, a half-sack, an INT, and a forced fumble … inactive (hamstring) for season finale @ Den (12/29).

2001: Playing time from scrimmage increased as season progressed … active game in win vs. KC (10/21) with three tackles, one QB hurry on a corner blitz and two deflected passes; also got a hand on a Corey Chavous INT in the end zone to stymie last-second Chiefs rally from their own one-yard line to the Cards two-yard line with five seconds remaining … recorded first NFL INT @ Dal (10/28) which he returned 36 yards to give Arizona the ball near midfield with four minutes left … gave Cards an early 7–0 lead in first quarter @ Was (1/6) when he stepped in front of Redskins WR Michael Westbrook on a slant route and returned the INT 61 yards for his first NFL TD at the 10-minute mark of the opening period.

All-Pro Teams

Year Team Level Voters
2006 2nd Team All-NFL Associated Press
2006 1st Team All-NFL Pro Football Writers
2006 1st Team All-NFL Sporting News
2008 2nd Team All-NFL Associated Press
2009 1st Team All-NFL Associated Press
2009 1st Team All-NFL Pro Football Writers
2011 2nd Team All-NFL Pro Football Focus


Two-year starting SS at North Carolina State … recorded 254 total tackles (144 solos) and 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage in 33 games for the Wolfpack … career tackle total most by a N.C. State DB since James Walker collected 289 stops from 1993–95 … added three INTs and 11 pass deflections in 23 career starts before entering the NFL Draft following his junior season.


Full name Adrian Lemar Wilson … all-Guilford County honors from the Greensboro News and Record at T.W. Andrews (High Point, NC) High School, where in June of 2010, he had his prep jersey number (9) retired … most valuable player in the coaches East-West All-Star Game … played FS and split end as a senior, helping his team to a berth in the playoffs … also played basketball and ran track … honorable mention high school basketball All-America notice in 1998 and was also a Dream Team All-America selection … Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management major at N.C. State … owns a designer shoe store in Scottsdale (AZ) called High Point Shoes… Adrian is married to his wife Alicia. They have three children: a daughter, Aubrei, and sons Santana and Brooklyn Maximus.