For Wilson, longevity is in his genes

April, 28, 2012
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Mike Reiss/ESPNBoston.com Tavon Wilson talks to reporters at the Patriots' facility Saturday.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- If new Patriots safety Tavon Wilson wants some wants tips on how to stick around in the NFL for a while, he doesn't have to look any further than his great-great-grandmother.

Believed to be Washington D.C.'s oldest resident, Eddye Williams turned 112 earlier this year.

"She's still a funny woman," Wilson said. "She is kind of losing her eyesight a little bit, but she tries to watch (football)."

Four years ago, Williams' birthday received coverage from the Washington Post. She told the newspaper "I tend to my own business. I was too busy trying to make it in life. I didn't have time to look at (others)."

It's clear that Wilson has adopted his great-great-grandmother's mentality. When asked by reporters at Gillette Stadium on Saturday about which NFL defensive backs he tries to model his game after, Wilson wasn't willing to make any comparisons.

"I don't try to compare myself to everyone. I just try to be the best player Tavon can be," Wilson said. "That's something I've been trying to do ever since I've been playing the game."

Wilson, who was wearing a gray "Boston" sweatshirt he bought at the airport, said that he met with head coach Bill Belichick and also crossed paths with cornerback Ras-I Dowling during his Saturday visit.

"He just told me to come in, work my tail off, and if I need help with anything, let him know," Wilson said.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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