Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and coach Wade Wilson passed away on Friday, according to a team press release. It was his 60th birthday.
Terrible news. The Cowboys just announced that longtime QB coach Wade Wilson has passed away.
Wilson was a Cowboys QB from 1995-97. He wound up coaching QBs for the team from 2000-02, and again from 2007-17. Today was his 60th birthday.
Prayers for him and his loved ones.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) February 1, 2019
Wilson played with five different NFL teams in a career that spanned 19 years from 1981 to 1999. Following his playing career, Wilson served as an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.
Wilson was born in Commerce, Texas and graduated from Commerce High School. He lettered four years at East Texas State University, where he earned NAIA All-America and Lone Star Conference MVP honors as a senior.
He was originally an eighth round draft choice (210th overall) of the Minnesota Vikings in 1981 and led them to three playoff appearances, including the 1987 NFC Championship Game, during his 11 years with the team.
Wilson served as Troy Aikman’s backup during Super Bowl XXX in 1995 when the Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He coach the Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks from 2007-2017, helping mold Tony Romo in the prime of his career.