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Father of cornerback C.J. Wilson thankful his son’s alive

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At the worst of times, it is still possible for one to count his blessings.

Just ask Curtis Wilson Sr., who is grateful his son C.J. only lost two fingers instead of his wife in a recent fireworks explosion. His NFL career? He’ll worry about that later.

“I’m sure it’s in the back of his mind,” Wilson told WBTV. “For me, that really doesn’t matter. My son is alive, so God took care of him. I guess we’ll cross that bridge further down the road.”

Wilson, a cornerback with the Tampa Bay Bucs, lost the index and middle finger of one hand when the canister he was holding exploded. Wilson said his son was holding the canister, not the fireworks, when it went off.

“C.J. Is doing great,” he said. “He has lots of family and friends around him, lots of people coming to send up their prayers. He’s doing good right now. He’s on pain killers. He’s the same old C.J., joking and laughing.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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