YOU RECENTLY HAD YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITY PLAYING FOR THE SALT LAKE CITY EAGLES. HOW WAS THAT EXPERIENCE AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM IT?
I learned that the pro game was much different from the college game, even in the smaller market of the arena league the game is just different. The speed the competition the fans. It’s just a whole new and amazing experience.
GIVE US AN IDEA OF HOW YOU STAYED IN SHAPE AND “READY FOR THE CALL” AT A MOMENTS NOTICE?
I have always worked out and taken time to try to keep myself in form. Honestly, I take more mental reps now a days then physical reps. I know that I can do it, but going through them in my head. If it’s from here with this wind how am I going to hit this and visualize my approach and kick. It has helped me improve to the point that I feel I can be very successful in any place and on any team.
AS A “SMALL SCHOOL ATHLETE”, HOW DID YOU SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM THE BIG SCHOOL ATHLETES?
I made kicks point blank. You see all these kickers in division one and they are at about 65% on fgs. Now I know I didn’t kick a lot, but through my high school and college years I missed 2 kicks total. When it comes to the game situation I want there to be one second left on the clock and me on the field to end the game. Kickers don’t ever have that want to end this attitude. I have the attitude of I want the ball in the last second.
WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS WHEN YOU GOT TO WEST LIBERTY? DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ACHIEVED THEM?
I just wanted to make an impact that was positive for the team. I didn’t achieve everything as there were some underlying situations that made it a struggle for me to play even though I felt I was the strongest kicker there but I did what I could from my position on the field and strived to achieve my goal every day.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST MEMORY FROM HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE/PRO SO FAR?
My best memory is actually a sad one for me. There was 14 seconds left in a state semifinal game and I was on the field to kick the game winning field goal. I had made the kick before in practice but never in a game. I lined up, took my steps, and missed. I was demoralized by that game to the point I debated on not playing football again. However, I went to a camp that summer and I was still down from it but I had a different attitude about that kick. I wanted to prove I was better than that kick. Not for anyone other than myself. I wanted to prove that I was better than what I showed on the field that day. But at that camp one of the coaches called me up and asked what happened at the end of my season. I told the whole camp that I had missed that kick and he told me that it was the best thing that would happen to me. I asked why and he told me because you felt what it’s like to lose a game like that and he said I would never wanna feel like that again and he was absolutely right. To this day when I kick, I remember that kick and I strive to never have it happen again.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST KICK YOU HAVE HAD TO MAKE IN YOUR CAREER?
Glenville state my senior year of college. We were in overtime and I had just missed a kick and not 2 minutes later I was back on the field to kick a longer kick into the wind. I made it but that one will always stick with me.
WHAT IMPACT HAS ANY COACH HAD ON YOU? WHAT CAN YOU SHARE THAT HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR GAME/LIFE?
My special teams coach at West liberty, Albert “Abu” Malafala is one reason I’m even playing football to this day. He believed in me when few others did and gave me my shot knowing I deserved it. He helped shape who I am today in this game. And I want to thank him because without him I don’t know where I’d be.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO A COACH, SCOUT OR GM TO SELL YOURSELF IF YOU HAD 30 SECONDS TO DO SO?
I will be the reason you win games. I will make the kick. Give me the shot and you will never regret it.
HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY FROM A NUTRITIONAL STANDPOINT? ANY ADVICE FOR THE YOUNGER ATHLETES?
I just eat healthy. I workout 2-3 times a week. Just to keep myself moving and keep myself from getting the aches and pains we all have.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND GIVE THE YOUNGER VERSION OF YOURSELF SOME ADVICE, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
Strive for greatness because it doesn’t just come to you. Some people get it easy but strive to be the best you and don’t worry about anyone else.
WHO HAS HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE AND WHY?
My father has had the biggest impact on me. He’s been there through everything in life and pushed me to be my best self. Even when I couldn’t see a way he never stopped believing in me and that makes me confident having someone like that in my corner.
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL? WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF TEN YEARS FROM NOW?
Honestly in 10 years, I still wanna be playing and trying to be the best me I can be in the sport that I absolutely love to play. When you grind in between tryouts you’re not getting paid, no one sees it, and not many people even care you’re doing it, but the love of the game and wanting to keep playing it pushes you farther and farther into it. You have to love the game to keep playing the game through all the injuries and the rejection you’ll face, but you gotta keep pushing and that’s what I’m doing.
PROVIDE OUR READERS A GLIMPSE OF WHO JOSH WILSON IS AWAY FROM FOOTBALL? WHAT IS YOUR STORY?
I’m a hard worker. I always have been a hard worker and I’m passionate. In life and in sports, I give my all to try to be a better me. But there is the relaxed side to me also, I love to go have a beer with friends and just have a relax day away from people. Yes this life is tough, but sometimes just sitting back and enjoying it is the best thing to do.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WEST LIBERTY? WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PLAY FOOTBALL THERE?
I was looking for somewhere close to home to be able to play and have my parents and family watch me play. My grandfather has always wanted to see me succeed along with my whole family, but whenever he could no matter what he’d want to come and see me play.