By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
It was a momentary glimmer of hope for the long-suffering Miami Dolphins.
Just as their speedy new receiver Albert Wilson hit high gear about mid-season last year, the team finally started to pick up steam. He and fellow young speedster, Jakeem Grant, combined for one of the season’s few highlights, as Wilson tore off a 52-yard touchdown and Grant chased him down for a high-five en route to the goal line.
Then … blink … Wilson went down with a season-ending hip injury in Week 7, Grant was sidelined soon-after with a leg injury, and — poof! — the hope deflated like an alleged Tom Brady football.
Entering the second year of a three-year contract, Wilson is expected to pick up where he left off after the Dolphins preseason kicks off this month. In the meantime, the 26-year-old receiver has been busy completing some big plays in the community.
He recently hosted his fourth-annual Youth Skills camp in his hometown of Fort Pierce, where over 500 kids worked out in football, track and cheerleading. Also, as founder of the Albert Wilson Foundation, he works at creating opportunities to enhance the lives of foster-care youth in South Florida and on the Treasure Coast. And for that he received a pair of recent recognitions — honored as the year’s Community Hero by the Eckerd Connect Project Bridge program, and named the 2019 Champion for Children at ChildNet’s sixth-annual Care for Kids Luncheon.
Taking a few moments during his offseason rehab, Wilson responded to City & Shore’s standard set of Quote Unquote questions.
Aside from the weather, what do you enjoy most about South Florida?
I enjoy being close to home. Living in South Florida has given me an opportunity to spend quality time with my family [parents, two sisters and other relatives] more frequently.
Aside from the weather, what do you dislike most about South Florida?
South Florida has so much to offer so I’m not sure if there is anything I dislike. But if I had to choose, it would be toll roads.
Are you a beach person or a pool person?
Pool person hands-down. It’s nice when it’s in your backyard.
When in your life are you or have you been the happiest?
Outside of being on the field and having the ball in my hands, I am the happiest when I am with my family. Whether its enjoying a week night at Topgolf or just hanging out at the house, these are the moments I value the most.
What do you do when you’re stuck in a traffic jam on I-95?
Most of the time I’m rapping along to whatever is playing on the radio. If not that, then I’m talking to my pops or my girlfriend Dawn.
What music are you listening to now?
I listen to a lot of NBA YoungBoy, Lil Baby and Kodak Black.
Are you a fan, and if so, of what?
I’m a fan of really good food. My girlfriend and I have date night every week and love to try new things.
What are your social media handles?
IG and Twitter: @ithinkisee12
Who is your real-life hero or heroine?
My dad. Seeing all that he has gone through and experienced in life but always finding a way to overcome life’s hurdles has inspired me.
If you had to choose: Rocky or Raging Bull?
Rocky for sure.
What car are you driving now?
Mercedes-Benz G Wagon. I set a goal early in college that I would get one when I established myself in the NFL and, thankfully, I have achieved that goal. I also enjoy driving my 4Runner thanks to my partnership with Toyota.
What do you like most about yourself?
My speed and athleticism. My athletic abilities have opened doors for me and my family, but beyond that, it has given me a platform to reach and inspire youth who are in situations I was once in.
What places in South Florida do you recommend to guests visiting from out-of-town?
Wynwood is a great area to visit. Of course, if you are in town on the right weekend in the fall, you have to visit The Rock [Hard Rock Stadium] and catch a Dolphins game.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change anything about myself. I believe we are perfectly and uniquely made, so who we are and what we have is good enough.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement so far has been making it to the NFL and providing an opportunity for my family to live a better life. Looking back on how far we’ve come, it’s a blessing to see and an even greater feeling knowing that we are still just getting started.