Wade Wilson Former Vikings Quarterback Dies on 60th Birthday

WilsonWade Wilson, a former Dallas Cowboys coach and quarterback died Feb. 1, 2019, on his 60th birthday. The Cowboys announced the death.

Wilson had a 32-year history of Type 1 Diabetes and had his toe amputated in 2016 due to the disease.

Police said they received a 911 call placed from the quarterback’s home in the Dallas suburb of Coppell. The caller reported Wilson was not unresponsive and CPR had been started. EMS arrived and pronounced Wilson dead. They did not see any evidence of drugs or foul play and would be investigating the death.

The quarterback’s career lasted from 1981 to 1998 spanning 17 years and played for five different teams. While with the Cowboys from 1995-1997, he was the backup to Troy Aikman when they won the 1995 Super Bowl.

Wilson threw 99 touchdowns with 102 interceptions. In his career, he started in 69 games. While playing for the Minnesota Vikings in 1988, he threw 15 touchdown passes and won seven of his ten starts and was named to the Pro Bowl.

He also played with the Vikings for ten seasons and had stints with the Saints, Falcons, and Raiders.

Wilson acted as the Cowboys assistant coach from 2007 to 2017 and is known for helping develop Tony Romo and 2016 NFL Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott. In 2018, the Cowboys chose not to renew his contract, and he retired.

Wilson leaves behind four children. A memorial service or funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Written by Barbara Sobel

Sources:

Yahoo: Longtime NFL quarterback, coach Wade Wilson dies at age 60
ESPN: Wade Wilson, former Cowboys QB and assistant coach, dies at 60
Star Tribune: Former Vikings quarterback Wade Wilson dies at 60

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