Approximately one year ago, Josh Wilson was at practice at the Seahawks facilities in Seattle, when he was pulled off the field and told that he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens.
Talking to the media shortly after, he admitted that he was “shocked,” but that there was definitely a silver lining.
“There’s no place like home,” he said of going to Baltimore. “I went to college a mile away from where I went to high school and now I’m going just down the highway from where I went to college to play in the NFL. So I’m not too upset about that.”
Fast forward a year, and Wilson jumped at the opportunity to sign with the Washington Redskin in free agency, a move that he once again compared to coming home.
In light of the upcoming match-up with the Ravens on Thursday, the Upper Marlboro native explained how “home” is a relative statement.
“This is definitely home,” he said with a smile. ”When I was in Baltimore, I never figured that I’d get even closer to home, but I’m a Redskins fan for sure.”
The distance from his hometown to FedExField is a fraction of the distance to M&T Bank Stadium, where he will take the field in Burgundy and Gold on Thursday night. But he explained how his affiliation to Washington is much more than geographically convenient.
“Growing up, I never really knew too much about Baltimore,” he said. ”I’m a P.G. County kid, and that’s like Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach.”
Wilson’s eyes still light up when he talks about his favorite Redskins, including his appreciation for the special teams.
“I had a Mark Rypien jersey growing up. I’m like a huge Gary Clark fan, Ricky Sanders. I was a big Ken Norton fan, Darrell Green,” he listed off. ”I really wanted to meet Chip Lohmiller–I dunno why.”
Anybody that wants to meet the kicker, is a true fan of the team.
At the moment, it’s not clear if Wilson will be available to play against Baltimore, but if he is, he likes the way he fits into the defensive scheme.
“I’m gonna be making plays,” he said. ”When I’m getting my groove on, I can make plays on the ball, creating situation that help our team win. I’m definitely going to get my opportunities, and the way that the defense is set up, I definitely have a chance to make some plays.”
Baltimore may be relatively closer to home, but it’s nice for this Prince George’s native to be back in the real DMV.
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