Wade Wilson, Former NFL Quarterback and Dallas Cowboys Assistant Coach, Dies at 60

FILE – In this Aug. 24, 2013, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys say former NFL quarterback and longtime assistant coach Wade Wilson passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at his home in Coppell, Texas. The team didn’t specify a cause of death for Wilson, who died on his 60th birthday. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman, File)

Wade Wilson, a former NFL quarterback and longtime assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys, died Friday, the team announced in a release. He was 60.


No cause of death was announced by the team.

After being drafted in the eighth round out of East Texas State University (Texas A&M University–Commerce) in 1981, Wilson spent 19 years playing in the NFL. He spent the first 11 years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, leading the team to the NFC Championship Game in 1987. He made the Pro Bowl the following season after throwing for a career-high 2,746 yards and 15 touchdowns.

In addition to the Cowboys, Wilson went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders.

After his playing career ended, Wilson took a job as the Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach in 2000. He served in that role for three seasons, then joined the Chicago Bears from 2004-06 before returning in 2007 to the Cowboys.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz