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June 8, 2009
– Adrian Wilson scored some serious cash over the weekend, becoming the league’s top-paid safety.

The deal is worth $39 million, with $18.5 million guaranteed.

Wilson has been with the Cardinals longer than any other player on their roster, experiencing some rough years of losing before the team’s unexpected run to the Super Bowl last season. Arizona drafted him out of North Carolina State in the third round in 2001. He signed a five-year deal with the team in 2005.

He’s started 110 of his 118 games, compiling 651 career tackles, 481 of them solo, along with 63 pass deflections, 10 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. Last season, Wilson had 85 tackles, 2½ sacks and two interceptions.

In the team’s four playoff games last season, the had 20 tackles and two forced fumbles.

A fierce pass rusher, he knocked Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards out of the game with a concussion on the third play of Arizona’s 41-17 victory over the Bills last Oct. 5.

“I think in the end,” [GM Rod] Graves said, “he’ll be recognized as not only one of the best players today, but one of the best players to have played the game.”

– Matt Hill landed the Division I 2009 Nicklaus Award, given to the best collegiate golfer at the Division I level.

Sunday, Hill sat with the other three Nicklaus Award winners from Division II and III and NAIA, as well as Nicklaus. They each shared their stories of the greatest shots of their careers.

Hill did not mention the 215-yard 4-iron in the second round of the NCAA Championship, which allowed him to make eagle on the No. 8 hole and propelled him to the top of the leaderboard. Instead, he remembered a tournament back home in Canada in which he beat his older brother Graham, who was three holes up with three to play.

Matt made back-to-back birdies while his brother made a bogey, leaving them tied going into the final hole. Matt hit a shot to 30 feet, while Graham hit his shot to nine feet. Matt curled in the 30-footer, while Graham missed.

“That was pretty big,” Hill told Nicklaus.

Nicklaus asked if Hill if he ever remembers that shot to his brother.

“Yeah, it’s come up a couple of times,” Hill said, laughing.

– Terry Gannon has made his mark in the broadcasting industry through his versatility and willingness to call anything at any time.

“I got into the business because of winning a national championship at N.C. State,” Gannon said while sitting in a tent just off the 14th tee, not far from his broadcast site. “I started as a color analyst in basketball but was not making very much money the first couple of years, so I had to take any job I could, which was the greatest thing that happened to me.

“I did everything from minor league baseball in Charlotte (N.C.) to PM Magazine — remember that show — to the Morning Zoo. I did the sports reports on the Morning Zoo, Jim Valvano’s TV and radio shows.

“I learned the business from all different angles, and it led to a career that has taken me to places that I’d never thought I’d be going, things I never thought I would do.”

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