Payton Wilson spoke after practice today and wouldn’t commit one way or the other on participating in the Pop-Tarts Bowl next week, so perhaps this’ll end up a mystery right up to game day. Probably not, but who knows!
Payton Wilson on his role with the team. Reports said he would sit out, but he neither confirmed nor denied and he practiced today.— Jadyn Adams (@jwatsonfisher) December 19, 2023
“I’m just excited to get down to the bowl game, get this 10th win. Then, after the bowl game, I'll be down in Florida training for the combine.”
After practice today, he was presented with a proclamation from Raleigh mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin declaring Dec. 19 officially Payton Wilson Day. (What, was she busy on the 11th?)
He’s earned that honor, and definitely more than earned the right to skip out on the bowl game, if that is ultimately his decision. I mean, that’s what I would do if I were him. I’d be thrilled to see him suit up one last time and lead the team to that historic 10th win, but given the position that he plays and his injury history, it’s completely understandable if he wants to play it safe.
Like he said, he’s got the NFL Draft to prepare for.