In this Week 7 of the 2022 NFL season, by sheer chance our focus turns out to be on the Arizona Cardinals.
First, the Puerto Rican mother’s cornerback Marco Wilson is our Latin star of the week. In addition, his teammate, the guard of Mexican parents Will Hernandez, is the figure that we will present to you. So in a week coming off their two-game losing streak, we celebrate two Cardinals stars.
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Latin Star of Week 7: Marco Wilson (ARI)
Thursday night was magical for Marco Wilson of the Arizona Cardinals.
Wilson, born to a Puerto Rican mother, had plenty of open space and scored a touchdown on her 38-yard return. He was the first TD of his career.
The night was magical for the Cardinals (3-4), who beat the Saints (2-5), 42-34, and improved their record.
For the first time since 2015, the Cardinals had two interception return touchdowns in a single game, as Isaiah Simmons contributed another in that same second quarter.
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— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 24, 2022
The night was magical for all those present at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona who saw Wilson’s exquisite pick-six live. The moment has since gone viral, spawning endless memes.
Wilson, 23 and in his second NFL season, wouldn’t call himself the greatest receiver. “I wouldn’t say I have the best hands,” he said. “But every day after practice, I work on my hands.”
At least this week, we at ESPN Digital are calling him the best: Marco Wilson is our featured Latino for Week 7.
This week we introduce you to: Will Hernandez (ARI)
the offensive lineman Will Hernandez was born on September 2, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Mexican parents, Angélica and Roberto Hernández.
His father was a professional soccer player in Mexico. In fact, Hernandez himself played soccer as a child and all the way through high school, before transitioning to professional soccer.
Hernández was selected by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft. He would sign a four-year, $7.45 million deal, with a $3.49 million signing bonus. He was the starting left guard in 2018 and played all 16 games of his rookie season. From the beginning of his career, he was a reliable piece in the offensive.
This past March, the Arizona Cardinals signed Hernandez, a free agent, for one season. Speaking of reliable… in five of the first seven weeks of this season, he has taken 100% of Arizona’s snaps; furthermore, he took 88% of the snaps in Week 1 and 76% in Week 4.
When he signed his contract, he was happy because the Cardinals would go to Mexico in November to face the San Francisco 49ers like in 2005, and his parents could see him play on their land.
During the just concluded Hispanic Heritage Month, Hernandez told ESPN Mexico’s Miguel Pasquel that he was proud to share his roots with the world. “(Carrying the flag on my helmet) means I have to lead by example.”
As a Mexican, Hernández feels a great responsibility going to the Azteca Stadium with his team for the Monday Night Football game on November 21, “I am not playing this game for myself or my teammates, but for all the Hispanic players who have that dream. to play one day in the NFL and set an example for them in the Azteca Stadium, in mere Mexico. This game means a lot more to me than any other game.”
For now the Cardinals (3-4) and 49ers (3-4) have identical records at the bottom of the NFC West division. Arizona has three more games before traveling to Mexico City to improve their record and further excite the Mexican fans.
Hernandez isn’t the only Arizona player with Mexican roots; his fellow guard will also be max garcia, Mexican father and Puerto Rican mother. So it’s sure to be a hell of a party for the Cardinals next month, one they want to top off with a win over the Niners at the Azteca.
His greatest dream has been clear since he arrived in the NFL with the Giants and is still valid now with the Cardinals: to win a Super Bowl!
How Latinos played in Week 7 of the NFL
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 21, 2022
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One talented dude who gave his all for us this year.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 24, 2022
Although the offensive lineman of Mexican descent Alijah Vera-Tucker appears on the list of those who played in Week 7 for the New York Jets, on Tuesday New York team coach Robert Saleh confirmed that the 23-year-old Vera-Tucker’s 2022 season has come to an end, as well like the rookie sensation, the runner Breece Hall, due to injuries. Two sensible losses for the Jets. Vera-Tucker tore his triceps during Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos and the injury requires surgery to repair.
Since starting as a rookie in the league in 2021, Vera-Tucker has shown great versatility on the offensive line. He has started at left guard, left tackle, right guard and right tackle, sometimes switching in consecutive weeks, filling the club’s needs.
Two weeks ago, Saleh called him “a selfless warrior” for his work ethic and how he sacrifices himself for his teammates in the locker room. He expressed a wish that Vera-Tucker would finally find her position so that he could amaze everyone with her talent.
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Latinos around the NFL in Week 7