(AP) - David Wilson said he had “tears of joy’ as he thanked the Giants on Wednesday, two days after doctors told the third-year running back that he could no longer play football.

When the 23-year old Wilson, who was waived-injured by the Giants on Tuesday, spoke of his teammates, he paused twice and brushed away tears with the pocket handkerchief from his blue pinstriped suit.

“You have great players, some of them probably will end up in the Hall of Fame, and they support you,” Wilson said. “That’s such a great feeling.”

Coach Tom Coughlin, hugged Wilson and gave him a long embrace as the two passed in front of each other before practice.

“It’s always tough when you have one of your players come to the end, no matter however it comes, it’s never pleasant,” Coughlin said. “It’s very disappointing and upsetting. You have to prepare yourself for the next challenge, the next adventure. I think David’s ready for that.”

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