In his introductory conference call on Thursday, the Patriots' newly acquired safety Adrian Wilson answered questions from the media. Questions ranged from how he landed in Foxboro to how he plans on prying his favorite jersey number from new teammate and fellow DB, Kyle Arrington.
How the All-Pro landed with the Patriots:
"Whenever coach Bill Belichick calls, you answer. Obviously being able to compete every year, able to play not only for the playoffs, play for the division, but a chance to play in the Super Bowl"
- "At the end of the day I want to come in and compete with everyone else, I have no trouble with that. Coach Belichick was very up front with me."
Originally there were reports that although Wilson was fielding offers from around the league, his preference would be to stay on the west coast. Understandable for a veteran looking for a new team in what will be his 14th NFL season; he spent the previous 13 years with the Cardinals. Wilson dismissed those rumors, stating that New England was his top choice:
"It wasn't a hard sell, but at the same time, talking to coach Belichick and getting an understanding of what he wanted from me it was a good fit."
After spending some time talking about his abilities with the pass defense and how he believes he hasn't lost a step, the talking to a more lighthearted tone. After announcing that he believes his Alma Mater, NC State, will win the Men's Basketball NCAA Tournament, Wilson revealed his master plan to snag his coveted No.24 from Kyle Arrington:
"I told him I know he just had a baby and I know he signed a new contract, but I'm offering a year's supply of Pampers," Wilson said on a conference call today. "Hopefully he gets back to me."
For these quotes in their entirety, including Wilson's reaction to the comparisons between himself and Patriots great Rodney Harrison, go to Mike Reiss' blog on ESPNBoston.com.