- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Veteran safety Adrian Wilson, who signed with the New England Patriots this offseason after 12 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, has a commanding physical presence. At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, he stands out in the defensive backs meeting room to the point that teammates have dubbed him “Incredible Hulk.”
“He’s a big, strong guy, and I think physically [he] will be a strong player for us,” defensive back Devin McCourty said Tuesday during a break in the team’s offseason voluntary workout program.
“Then his knowledge of the game, and how much success he’s had in this league, to be able to pass that down to not just the young guys, but even a guy like myself going into my fourth year, I can still learn so much from him. Having him in the secondary, and on the defense to teach different guys and tell them things he went through, will be key for us.”
Cornerback Marquice Cole (5-10, 195) gave Wilson the "Incredible Hulk" nickname during the voluntary offseason program, which is now in its second week. McCourty has enjoyed being around Wilson.
“He’s integrated with us right away. We’re all having fun together and learning together," he said.
EXTRA POINT: McCourty is promoting an event to raise awareness and funds to fight sickle cell disease with his brother Jason, the Tennessee Titans cornerback, on June 9 in Jersey City, N.J. The McCourty brothers have partnered with the Embrace Kids Foundation on the campaign Tackle Sickle Cell, and will host a 5K Run/Walk in Liberty State Park. Each brother has set up his own fundraising team, and the brother who raises the most funds will watch the other dress up as the opposing team’s mascot. For more information, visit TackleSickleCell.org.