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George Wilson
Date of birth February 3, 1914
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois
Date of death November 23, 1978 (aged 64)
Place of death Chicago, Illinois
Position(s) End
College Northwestern
Career record 68-84-8
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1937-1946 Chicago Bears
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
Detroit Lions
Miami Dolphins

George Wilson (February 3, 1914 – November 23, 1978) was a professional football end and later a coach for the National Football League's Detroit Lions and the American Football League's Miami Dolphins.

He attended Northwestern University and played professionally for the Chicago Bears from 1937 to 1946, winning four NFL Championships as a player. In 1957, he became the head coach of the Detroit Lions and in that same season won the NFL Championship over the Cleveland Browns, 59-14.[1] As of the end of the disastrous (0-16) 2008 season, it is the last NFL championship won by the Lions (they've never won a Super Bowl). He was replaced following the 1964 season and coached one year as an assistant for the Washington Redskins before being named the first ever head coach of the American Football League expansion franchise the Miami Dolphins in 1966.[2] After four losing seasons in Miami he was replaced with former Baltimore Colts coach Don Shula after the 1969-70 season.

In 1980, Wilson was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. [3]

Wilson's career record was 68-84-8 as head coach, with 2-0 record in the postseason.

See also


Preceded by
Expansion franchise
Miami Dolphins Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Don Shula
Preceded by
Buddy Parker
Detroit Lions Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Harry Gilmer


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