Some players get to walk across the stage at Radio City Music Hall when they hear their name called. Others get hugs from every direction while huddled around the television with family and friends. And then there’s Tyler Wilson.
During the 2013 NFL Draft, Wilson got fed up with waiting to hear his name called. After the former Arkansas quarterback spent the first two days of the draft patiently waiting for his phone to ring, he decided to take a trip to the local Walmart to grab a few things on Day 3.
Abandoning his parents’ house in Greenwood, Ark., Wilson took a quick detour to Walmart to take his mind off of watching his draft stock slip through Thursday and Friday and into Saturday. As he wandered the aisles, a local spotted the heralded quarterback and asked for a photo. In that moment, the Oakland Raiders came a ringin’.
“He’s standing right next to me and kind of hears the conversation a little bit,” Wilson told the Log Cabin Democrat on Saturday. “I kind felt like everybody in the store at that point had kind of figured out what’s going on. That was fun. We ended up getting out of there without too much harm and ended up getting back and celebrated with friends and family.”
Considered a second- or third-round talent, Wilson was so confident that he would get selected on Day 2 that he had a draft party in order that included a large cake and live band. When Friday’s draft activities came to a close, though, the party was cancelled. Ouch.
The worst part of the whole situation was that Wilson didn’t get to finish his shopping. Lugging a handful of items at the time of the call, the Arkansas quarterback left his haul behind to head home to celebrate. Meanwhile, some unfortunate Walmart employee had to restock all that stuff.
Oh, what crazy things happen at Walmart.