Pro Bowler Wilson hungry for Super Bowl ring

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FLAGSTAFF -- The Arizona Cardinals handed out NFC championship rings when training camp opened.

But strong safety Adrian Wilson received something more valuable than jewelry during the offseason: a five-year, $39 million deal, with $18.5 million guaranteed.

It was a reward for sticking with the franchise that had drafted Wilson in the third round out of North Carolina State in 2001.

Wilson is the longest-tenured Cardinal. He once opted not to become a free agent because he wanted to be there when the once-woeful Cardinals finally broke through.

His patience paid off last season.

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