David Wilson at the young age of 23-years-old has been forced to retire from the NFL after sustaining a chronic neck injury and has bid an emotional farewell to the sport he loves.

The New York Giants running back has been forced to step away from living his dream in the NFL and it is no surprise to anyone that his farewell press conference concluding his retirement was extremely difficult to deliver.

Wilson was shackled to limited action in his two years in the NFL due to other small injuries, however he still amassed 504 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in his short career after being selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Giants,

The chronic neck injury has curtailed the lifelong dream of Wilson and on Wednesday he said his emotional goodbye to the friends he had made in the NFL along with the coaches and staff who had helped him develop over the few years in the league.

Wilson explains how he doesn't "want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me", a rather courageous and inspiring stance on such a difficult period in not only his career, but his life.

The running back told his father when he was only eight years old that he would one day professionally in the NFL and realised that dream in 2012 when he joined the New York franchise.

Wilson now will look to a new chapter in his life as he looks to step away from football and start a new career for himself.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who spoke with Wilson on Monday, called his attitude a 'great lesson for all of us.'

Coughlin told reporters by teleconference: "Nothing that was said got him to a state of melancholy, There's a lot to be said about his inner strength right now."

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