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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Exit Interview: Steve Wilson

By Michael Rothstein

‘Exit Interview’ is a concept started at WolverineNation last year where we chat with players leaving Michigan about their experiences with the Wolverines and in some cases, what’s next.

Steve Wilson wasn't sure he was going to play football in college, coming to Michigan as a regular student. Yet he tried out for the team, made it and ended up playing sparingly in 2012, making three tackles.

Along the way, though, he played three different positions and ended up as a versatile scout team player.

Q: How did you end up on the Michigan football team?

Steve Wilson: I came to Michigan as a regular student. Football was something I definitely knew I was passionate about and I loved playing the game. I wanted to play in college but I didn’t know if I was going to have an opportunity. I found out from a few of my friends they were holding an open tryout here at the end of my sophomore year. I went to the tryout and got cut. I tried out as a quarterback. I inquired as to why and the coach told me a few things he wanted me to work on. I got a job that summer and ended up practicing every day in the morning, working out, all that stuff. Tried out again next fall and made the team.

Q: When you get cut that first time, you worked out every day during the summer. Did part of you think it wasn’t worth it or was it always what you needed to do?

Wilson: I don’t think I ever questioned if it was worth it or not. Getting cut made me want to do it even more. I wanted to prove to myself and other people that I could do something like this. I don’t think I ever hesitated or thought is it too much.

Q: You made it as a quarterback but you switched positions twice. Was it they needed guys there or was it a path to playing time?

Wilson: I think it was a combination of both. When I switched the first time, we didn’t have too much depth at receiver in the slot so I moved there. The second time around, it was kind of the same thing. I moved to defensive back, where we needed some depth. But I think the coaches noticed I competed in all the drills we did and was constantly working on getting as fast as I could, film, anything to try and get an upper hand. I think the combination of us not having depth at certain positions as we didn’t have many slot receivers when I moved there as well as me possibly getting a chance to play.

Q: You never really got a chance to play. How do you judge the career then?

Wilson: I think that I am extremely blessed and proud that I got to be part of the team for three years. I don’t think there is any part of me that thought I didn’t play much so it wasn’t worth it. I think I made the most of my time, my three years there. I did everything I could possibly do and I think I did everything I could do to help us win. If that meant being a scout team guy, that meant being a scout team guy. I didn’t really care, as long as we won the game. No, I don’t look back and think negatively or anything like that upon anything that happened. I made the most of it and made strides as an individual as well as a football player.

Q: Finally, what’s next for you?

Wilson: I am in the process of interviewing for medical schools. Keeping my fingers crossed, I want nothing more than to stay a Wolverine. Praying I can get a shot to be a medical student here. [Eds. note: Wilson found out Wednesday he was accepted to Michigan's medical school]

Q: What type of medicine are you looking at?

Wilson: I’m not completely sure. There’s a couple areas that I’m extremely interested in and passionate about and could see myself doing well in. One of those areas is oncology, cancer has been in both sides of my family and I’ve done cancer research the past few years here at school. It is where I work right now. The other one would be orthopedics, having a chance to be a team doc or something like that for a football team would be a really cool opportunity. Those two areas interest me the most.