Newly acquired New England Patriots strong safety Adrian Wilson doesn't want to let go of the No. 24 he wore for his entire career with the Arizona Cardinals. In an attempt to persuade fellow defensive back Kyle Arrington to give up his number, Wilson has offered up a year's supply of diapers to the new father.
Field Yates of ESPN Boston reported the offbeat news on Friday, noting Wilson voiced his intentions on Thursday in what seemed like a joking manner. Clearly, he wasn't kidding.
The four-time All-Pro tweeted a picture of a massive stack of Pampers, tagging Arrington's Twitter account in the post.
Adrian Wilson @adrian_wilson24
@Arrington24_7 about to ship these @Pampers out to you bro. http://t.co/DOmjEjVxme2013-3-22 21:57:01
Arrington re-signed with New England and also welcomed his son, Kyle Jr., to the world this past week, according to the Patriots' official Twitter page.
New England Patriots @Patriots
Congratulations to @Arrington24_7 after a memorable week: re-signs with the #Patriots and welcomes son, Kyle Chandler Arrington, Jr!2013-3-16 21:01:44
That made the need for diapers necessary, and Yates indicated that Arrington has joked about how much attention his newborn requires.
Wilson has to be thrilled to play for a perennial Super Bowl contender to close out his career, and he is already establishing chemistry with at least one of his teammates before the Pats' 2013 program gets underway.
The Patriots have been known over the years for being rather quiet in the media under head coach Bill Belichick. But that has been changing with the outspokenness of recently departed WR Wes Welker and the craziness of stud tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Wilson has added to that with this latest humorous gesture, which is all in good fun. Since Wilson's deal is for three years and Arrington's for four, they should have a strong relationship in Foxborough for the foreseeable future.
Well, as long as Wilson can hang on to that No. 24.