- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- David Wilson is giving the masses what they want.
After retiring his backflip celebration following the Giants' win over the Saints on Dec. 9, Wilson brought it back Sunday after scoring against the Ravens. Fans and some teammates had been clamoring for the rookie to keep doing his trademark celebration.
"I think it is just me. People liked it so much and then when I said I won’t do it ... I heard the complaints," Wilson said. "Then more people approached me after I said I won’t go do it, like, ‘Man, now come on man!’ and even some of my teammates were telling like, ‘Man, nah, you got to keep doing that, it gets us excited.’ So, uh, I had a change of heart."
There's been a healthy discussion about the backflip, after Wilson did it following each of his three touchdowns in the win over New Orleans. Wilson has been doing it for a long time, so he's comfortable with the maneuver, but teammate Justin Tuck told the rookie to stop. General manager Jerry Reese warned Wilson he'd be upset if the rookie injured himself.
Wilson sees the backflip as a way to bring some energy to the game and have fun. The rookie has rushed 56 times for 283 yards and four touchdowns on the year. He also was named a second alternate to the Pro Bowl as a kickoff returner.
"Without a high energy level and a high enthusiasm, it is hard to play this game and make plays," Wilson said. "That is definitely an aspect you have to have when you are on the field."
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