The article set the stage well...."With 2:50 remaining in the first quarter of the 49ers’ 26-23 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday, Wilson — the 49ers’ undrafted rookie running back — took a handoff from quarterback Nick Mullens, found a hole, broke a tackle and ran for 14 yards. So far, so good."
How many athletes have been in this situation? They think, I have this and all is going to end in triumph! Arms raised, team mates excited, crowd cheering...
"As Wilson ran up-field, he approached Seahawks strong safety Brad McDougald and had a sudden choice to make: run around McDougald, or run through him. Wilson picked Option B, because he’s a collision runner. That’s his nature."
Good, old-fashioned football guy that loves, no, invites contact. The guy that we as spectators enjoy to watch. Coaches love to coach physical players and players hate to engage. Until this....
"When Wilson lowered his shoulder, McDougald ducked his head, hit the football with his helmet and caused a fumble, Wilson’s third of the past three games. The Seahawks recovered the ball."
Let the wisdom and retrospect begin to resinate in the minds and hearts of the young, future athletes in this world. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO FUMBLE?? This summary is an amazingly insightful look into the implications of the act of a fumble.
“It’s like a dagger in the heart,” Wilson said, describing the feeling he gets when he puts the ball on the ground. “It hurts. As a running back, you know in this league there are so many guys who are right by each other as far as talent. So, (fumbling) like that can set you aside and be the difference between you and the next guy. When I (fumble), I am hurting myself and my teammates, and farther down the line in my career, that can be a downfall to me.”
"Since the 49ers promoted Wilson to the active roster from the practice squad on Nov. 24, he mostly has played well. He has appeared in the past four games, rushed 52 times and averaged a solid 4.4 yards per carry. He seems talented enough to succeed in the NFL. Unless, of course, he keeps fumbling."
How many additional carries do you think he got in the game after the fumble? ONLY 3...but then redemption and opportunity connected on his behalf.
His Coach (Bobby Turner gives him a chance in OT) He was allotted an opportunity to to set up the game-winning field goal by Robbie Gould.
The 49ers trusted Wilson to close out the win even though he fumbled earlier. And he came through.
The wisdom from Jeff Wilson Jr. continues...“That meant the world to me,” Wilson said. “It gave me what I need to keep going forward and not worry about the negative. For the coaches to put me back in, they don’t know much that helped my life from a personal standpoint. They don’t know what they did for me. I’m glad they did, though.”
Does this always happen?? Does a coach always give you another shot? Should they?? What we see is what we allow or what we coach! That's the mindset of the most coaches and therefore if an athlete has a tendency of putting the ball on the ground, they don't have a future because as a coach, WE DON'T ALLOW THAT OR COACH THAT!
Here's an even deeper discovery that is brought to light in the article....Wilson, 23, played college football at North Texas, where in 2017 he rushed for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns and averaged a gaudy 6.5 yards per carry. But he also fumbled once every 33 carries during his college career. That’s one big reason no team drafted him despite his impressive production.
So far in the NFL, Wilson has fumbled once every 17 carries.