Former longtime NFL quarterback Wade Wilson passed away Friday in his Coppell, Texas, home, the Dallas Cowboys announced. Wilson was 60 years old.
Wilson played 19 seasons for five different teams, including his first 11 with the Minnesota Vikings. He then served as a quarterbacks coach for 17 years, including 14 with the Dallas Cowboys, where he also backed up Troy Aikman for three seasons and won Super BowlXXX.
“Wade was a cherished and valued member of our organization as a player, a coach and a wonderful friend,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “His contributions began as a member of a Super Bowl winning team and carried on through to helping guide the development and growth of both Tony Romo and Dak Prescott.
“This is a sad day for all members of the Cowboys family as we have lost a truly great man. Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones and all of the lives that he touched with his warm demeanor and his caring persona. Wade Wilson will be missed greatly — and never forgotten.”
An eighth-round selection in 1981, Wilson led the Vikings to the 1987 NFC Championship Game and then earned a Pro Bowl berth and led the NFL in passer rating the following season. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons (1992), New Orleans Saints (1993-94) and Oakland Raiders (1998-99).
Wilson finished his career with a 75.6 passer rating on 1,391-of-2,428 passing for 17,283 yards and 99 touchdowns, with a 36-33 record as a starter. He was also the Bears QBs coach for three years.
Wilson was born in Commerce, Texas and lettered four years at East Texas State University, where he earned NAIA All-America and Lone Star Conference MVP honors as a senior while leading the conference in passing and total offense.
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