- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Adrian Wilson played at New England and Chicago after leaving the desert.

His biggest contributions came when he played in Arizona and now he’s going to go out as a Cardinal.

Wilson signed a contract with Arizona on Monday, leaving the NFL the way he came in: As a Cardinal.

Wilson spent 12 seasons with Arizona after being a third-round pick in the 2001 draft. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro with the Cardinals.

A five-time captain at Arizona, Wilson is one of six players in NFL history to accumulate at least 25 sacks and 25 interceptions.

He had 987 tackles, 25½ sacks, 27 interceptions and four touchdowns in 181 games, including 162 starts.

Since sacks became an official statistic in 1982, Wilson’s sacks rank as the fourth-best total in league history among defensive backs and his eight sacks in 2005 were the most in a single season in NFL history by a defensive back.

“My whole life, all I ever wanted to do was matter,” Wilson said.


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