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Wade Wilson
Jersey #(s)
11, 18
Born February 1, 1959 (1959-02-01) (age 50)
Greenville, Texas
Career information
Year(s) 19811999
NFL Draft 1981 / Round: 8 / Pick: 210
College East Texas State
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 99-102
Yards 17,283
QB Rating 75.6
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Charles Wade Wilson (born February 1, 1959 in Commerce, Texas) is a former American football quarterback who played for the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders in a seventeen year career from 1981 to 1998 in the National Football League. He is currently the Quarterbacks Coach for the Dallas Cowboys.


Playing career

Wilson grew up in Commerce, Texas, where he was a standout at quarterback and punter at Commerce High School. Wilson played college football at East Texas State University where he majored in business management. Wilson was drafted in the eighth round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He was a one time Pro Bowler with the Vikings in 1988 and finished his career completing 1,391 passes on 2,428 attempts for 17,283 yards and 99 touchdowns. Wilson led the Vikings to three playoff appearances in the late 80's. The Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship Game in 1987 after a tremendous upset of the 13-2 San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round, but finally succumbed 17-10 to the eventual Super Bowl XXII champion Washington Redskins. In 1993 he directed the Saints to a 5-0 start but the team only won three more to finish 8-8 Wilson's last season as a starter.

Coaching career

Wilson was the Chicago Bears quarterback coach from 2004 until February 22, 2007, when he re-signed with the Cowboys, for whom he was quarterback coach from 2000 to 2002[1].

On September 1, 2007, Wilson was suspended five games and fined $100,000 for purchasing and using performance-enhancing drugs. [2] In his defense, Wilson has said that the drug (HGH) was used to help his problem with diabetes. However, Commissioner Goodell seemed to refute this defense saying, "First of all, I'm not going to get into the personal situations of why Wade was taking it, but that's not an accurate point."[1]

Personal life

Wilson has four children, Travis Wade, Hayden and twins Coleton and Sophie.

Notes and references

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Preceded by
Tommy Kramer
Minnesota Vikings Starting Quarterback
Succeeded by
Rich Gannon
Preceded by
Bobby Hebert
New Orleans Saints Starting Quarterback
Succeeded by
Jim Everett


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