Bruce Wilkerson

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Bruce Wilkerson
No. 68, 64
Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-07-28) July 28, 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth: Loudon, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Loudon (TN)
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Debuted in 1987 for the Los Angeles Raiders
Last played in 1997 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
  • All-SEC (1985)
  • All-SEC (1986)
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Bruce Alan Wilkerson (born July 28, 1964) is a former American football player who played tackle for three NFL teams from 1987 to 1997. He started in Super Bowl XXXI for the Green Bay Packers. Wilkerson played college football at the University of Tennessee, where he was twice named All-SEC.

Wilkerson attended Loudon High School in Loudon, Tennessee, where he played both offensive tackle and defensive tackle, and was named to the all-state team his senior year.[1] He signed with Tennessee in 1982, though he was a redshirt his first year.

Working with Tennessee offensive line coach (and future head coach) Phillip Fulmer, Wilkerson secured a spot in the second string during the 1983 season, backing up veteran tackle Curt Singer.[2] By his sophomore season in 1984, he was a starter, anchoring a line that helped running back Johnnie Jones set career rushing records.[3] Wilkerson was an integral member of the 1985 "Sugar Vols" squad, and was named All-SEC and 2nd-team All-American at the end of the season.[4] In the 1986 Sugar Bowl, Wilkerson's block on Miami nose guard Jerome Brown helped spring Jeff Powell's 60-yard touchdown run.[5]

After an All-SEC senior year in 1986, Wilkerson was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the second round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He spent his first eight seasons with the Raiders, and was a starter throughout the early 1990s. He was on the inaugural roster of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995, and closed out his career with Green Bay.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1982 Tennessee Signees," 1982 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide (University of Tennessee, 1982), p. 62.
  2. ^ "1983 Squad," 1983 Tennessee Volunteers Football Program (University of Tennessee, 1983), p. 59.
  3. ^ "1985 Squad," 1985 Tennessee Volunteers Football Program (University of Tennessee, 1985), pp. 74, 112-113.
  4. ^ "1986 Squad," 1986 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide (University of Tennessee, 1986), p. 79.
  5. ^ Keith Jackson and Frank Broyles, game commentary, 1986 Sugar Bowl television broadcast, ABC Sports, 1 January 1986.

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