first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Adrian Wilson enters the Arizona Cardinals’ Ring of Honor on Sunday, when the San Francisco 49ers visit University of Phoenix Stadium. To be sure, there will be much reflecting on the legacy of a man who had so much to do with the franchise’s fortunes — and image — change for the better.Wilson’s style reminds of watching an NFL Blitz game in the flesh. The safety was a battering ram, a freak athlete with a rare combination of physicality and speed. That helped him become one of six players with at least 25 interceptions and 25 sacks in their NFL career. He also became a franchise face, not only because of his production for the Cardinals in 12 years with them, but because of the loyalty Wilson displayed as his career and the team around him evolved.Here are some of the most memorable moments of Wilson’s career. Warning: The following content may be rated R for its violent nature.Wilson’s patience pays off in NFC title winThe culmination of patience, belief and loyalty to the franchise that drafted him in the third round of the 2001 draft came for Wilson in the 2008 NFC Championship game, against the Philadelphia Eagles.On the Eagles’ first possession of the second half, Wilson sacked Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb on 3rd-and-8, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Cardinal Bertrand Berry. At first glance, the play didn’t look critical with the Cardinals holding a 24-6 lead, but in hindsight it was key.Philadelphia would rally to take a 25-24 lead. But Arizona scored on an eight-minute long drive, then held the Eagles to two final scoreless possessions to earn its way to the Super Bowl.Wilson finished the 32-25 NFC Championship victory with a team-leading seven tackles, two sacks and a pass deflection. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   center_img For perspective, that’s a 230 pound Wilson getting high enough to put both legs over a 5’6 human being.It’s evidence of the incredible physical tools Wilson was working with for his successful NFL career that will be honored Sunday at halftime. – / 11 “This being my eighth year, and to be in this organization at this time with these players and these coaches, it’s a great moment,” Wilson said after the game.Tight ends in troubleArizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, left, hits Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap in the fourth quarter of their game Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, in Baltimore. The Ravens won, 26-23. (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark)Since we can’t cover every big hit in Adrian Wilson’s career, we’ll focus on two of the most thrilling.The assumption that defensive backs struggle to cover tight ends because of their size didn’t apply to the 6’3, 230 pound Wilson.Two of his most memorable hits came against some big dudes.One in 2007 saw Wilson, looking like he shot out of a cannon, shoulder Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap to the ground, though Heap somehow held onto the ball.Later, Wilson earned a $10,000 fine for hitting a defenseless Vernon Davis when the Cardinals played the 49ers in September of 2009. There was a bit of Twitter drama — surprisingly, Twitter existed in 2010 — leading into this. Davis and Wilson’s Cardinal teammate, Darnell Dockett, had exchanged words over the social media platform before the game. Laying the wood on EdwardsBuffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards lies on the ground after suffering a concussion against the Arizona Cardinals during the first the quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. At right is Cardinals’ Adrian Wilson. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)There’s been a significant discussion about concussion protocol even since Wilson’s recent retirement.This hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards in 2008 earned Wilson a $25,000 fine. While it didn’t appear to be helmet-to-helmet, the viciousness of the impact caused Edwards to suffer a concussion, likely when his head hit the ground.The NFL said Wilson violated the rule that “a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw (the player being tackled) down and land on top of him with all or most of the defender’s weight.”Cardinals fans, rather, probably remember the play as a reminder of how exciting Wilson was to watch.Going viralBefore Wilson began building a YouTube library of vicious hits — which arguably could fill this list of top moments — he was proving just how athletic he was by filming this footage of him clearing a 66-inch bar during an individual workout. @ddockett last time I checked I was standing over top of #24 with a football stuck to my glove and believe we were in the endzone— Vernon Davis (@VernonDavis85) May 11, 2010The beef dated back a year prior. When asked about defending Davis specifically leading into a game against San Francisco in 2009, Wilson refused to acknowledge Davis by name when a reporter asked about the 49ers tight end.“Who?” Wilson said at the time.“Vernon Davis,” the reporter answered.“Who?” Wilson repeated?This was eventually settled, because there’s also this 2011 video of Davis explaining why Adrian Wilson was one of the best in the game.He earned that type of respect.Ripping the RamsOn Sept. 12, 2010, against the St. Louis Rams, Wilson recorded perhaps the most productive game of his career.By the end of the evening, he’d totaled two interceptions, a blocked field goal attempt and a sack. He was the first player to record a pick, block a field goal and tally a sack — a violent one on quarterback Sam Bradford in his pro debut — in a single game since Julius Peppers did so in 2004.Wilson’s second pick, which came in the end zone, ended the game for a 17-13 Arizona victory. 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first_imgby, Meg LaPorte, ChangingAging ContributorTweet79Share708Share22Email809 SharesOn any given weekday at 240 North Champion Street in the Near East Side neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, elders and preschoolers can be seen mixing bubble solutions and puffing at them together in the activity room, caring for plants outside in the mobile gardening units, reading books aloud to one another in the classroom, or rehearsing a play in the auditorium. These are just a few of the many scenes that play out daily at the Champion Intergenerational Enrichment and Education Center, an Ohio State University (OSU)/community collaboration that engages older adults, college students, children, and the surrounding community in purposeful activities, education, research, and caregiving.Seven years in the making, Champion opened its doors last November and is, by all accounts, an unqualified success. Each weekday, some 56 children and 50 older adults are in attendance at the center. Approximately six to eight OSU students and 30 staff members also either facilitate activities or take part in them on a daily basis.Magical and MindfulChampion encompasses a neighborhood adult day center and preschool. The OSU students are an integral part of the center’s activities as well—as idea generators, students of geriatric social work, medicine, and nursing, and sometimes just as young adults having fun with children and elders.One of the many things that make the program unique is its ability to foster mindful interaction among three generations of individuals, explains OSU Program Manager Elizabeth Speidel. Describing the atmosphere as “magical,” Speidel gushes about the participants’ ability to have fun and be “completely present and in the moment,” she says. “When comes down to it—it’s when you get into those moments they’re amazing and you can see it with students, kids, and older adults.”Adding to the exceptional nature of the center is its location. Near downtown Columbus, it sits across the street from a 104-unit affordable-housing apartment building for older adults and is just blocks away from OSU Hospital East. National Church Residences, a non-profit seniors services organization that owns and manages the adult day center at Champion, and OSU staff reached out to the tenants to provide health assessments and solicit volunteer help, while the nearby hospital provides additional opportunities to serve the community, says Speidel.Timing and Will Power Bring it TogetherAccording to the many stakeholders involved in launching the center, it all came together with uncanny timing, serendipitous space availability, and very willing partners. Although the center is a collaboration of many entities, it really is the brainchild of Linda Mauger, former director of the OSU Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology, who wanted to see the center through to its launch before she retired earlier this year.“My personal goal was to create a place where everyone could recognize that aging is a lifelong pursuit. So if we have children, and their parents, older adults and their children, and we had OSU students, and we have staff, we’ve covered all the generations in multiple ways so we could really enhance lives and teach our students what it means to be an older adult,” says Mauger. “They are simply children who’ve grown to 80 years old and lived a full life, and I wanted them to appreciate that and understand that, and care for them in multiple ways.”Mauger notes that the involvement of OSU’s College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and College of Social Work were vital to its genesis. “They jumped in and saw the vision and worked with us, and that was quite a feat for a university.”Among the other key players in Champion’s launch were the Columbus Early Learning Centers, National Church Residences; Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA); and Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT), a partnership between the City of Columbus, OSU, CMHA, and Near East Side stakeholders.“We want to be a place where ageism doesn’t exist,” says Dan Fagan, National Church vice president of population health management. To that end, Fagan says they were sure to train the staff well and educate the center’s preschoolers about older adults before the adult day component opened. Fagan explains that National Church staff took steps to expose the kids to some of the accouterments that older adults utilize for mobility, such as walkers, oxygen tanks, and wheelchairs. “They brought the items into the classroom to take the fear out of it for the kids,” he says.A New PurposeFagan also has very personal reason to be proud of Champion—his father attends the adult day center and serves as a reading coach in the preschool classroom. “I would never have thought this would be as beneficial for him as it is,” Fagan says. “It’s his purpose now, and it has changed his relationships with his kids and my mother for the better.”Neither OSU nor National Church has plans, at this point, to replicate the Champion program, but they are both involved in studying its impact on the participants with an eye toward educating others about its benefits and ensuring that it continues to serve the community in the best way possible.Dr. Bill Thomas and the Age of Disruption tour will arrive at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Oct. 18, 2016. He and his comrades will bring a radical new approach—and conversation—to growth and aging to the Columbus area. The tour also brings with it Disrupt Dementia, a community-based workshop, and Dr. Thomas’ signature “non-fiction theater” performance, Life’s Most Dangerous Game, featuring the unconventional pairing of a physician (Dr. Thomas) and a musician, Nate Silas Richardson.Related PostsLooking For Best Intergenerational ProgramsI’m speaking on a panel about intergenerational engagement at a local conference in Seattle. I’d love to get feedback from or audience on amazing intergenerational programs from around the world.Intentional CommunitiesFor more than two decades, proponents of culture change in long-term care have worked on transforming the institutional nursing home model. More recently, the focus has turned to assisted living and even independent community housing. What we see is that America falls short in all living environments when it comes…Intentional communities(First published and copyright Aging Today, Sept-Oct 2011) For more than two decades, proponents of culture change in long-term care have worked on transforming the institutional nursing home model. More recently, the focus has turned to assisted living and even independent … Continue reading →Tweet79Share708Share22Email809 SharesTags: Ageism Intergenerational multigenerationallast_img read more