Kris Wilson (American football)

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Kris Wilson
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Free agent
Tight end, Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-08-22) August 22, 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 61
Debuted in 2004 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • John Mackey Award Finalist (2003)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2011
Receptions 52
Receiving Yards 446
Receiving TDs 5
Stats at NFL.com

Kristopher "Kris" Wilson (born August 22, 1981 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent in the National Football League.[1] He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pittsburgh.[2] Wilson has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers.[3]

Early years[edit]

Wilson lived in Harrisburg until the age of nine, attending the African School and Steele Elementary School there. The family then moved to Lancaster, where Kris attended Wharton Elementary School, Reynolds Junior High School and J. P. McCaskey High School.[1][4] As a senior, he won first team All-Lancaster-Lebanon Section One honors at both linebacker and wide receiver.[4]

He received a full scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Economics.[4][5] He was one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award in 2003.[4][6]

Wilson has an organization called the Kris Wilson Foundation, which promotes literacy and education for inner-city young people.[4][5] Wilson's mother, Deborah, who is a licensed Social Worker with a Master's degree from Temple University, is the Foundation's Chairwoman and President.[7]

Wilson (right) and Ray Rice before a 2011 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Professional career[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Kris Wilson was drafted in the Second Round (61st Overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. During four years as a backup fullback and tight end with the team, Wilson caught 42 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed four times for 13 yards.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

After a short stint with the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2008 offseason, Wilson signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers. Once again a backup (TE), Wilson caught four passes for 28 yards and a touchdown in 2009 after failing to play in 2008. Wilson signed another two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers in March, 2010. He had 113 yards in 2010 but was cut on July 28, 2011.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

In 2011, Wilson signed with the Baltimore Ravens to compete for the #3 TE spot with Davon Drew after star Todd Heap was released.[8][9] In an AFC Divisional playoff win against the Houston Texans, Wilson caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco. [10]

After football[edit]

Wilson is currently a second-year law student at the UCLA School of Law.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kris Wilson". NFL.com. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kris Wilson Profile". ESPN. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Roundup: Eagles add versatile tight end Wilson to offense". ESPN. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Kris Wilson Foundation". Kris Wilson Foundation. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Blymier, Matt (9 July 2010). "Different paths to NFL success". Lancaster Online. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Kris Wilson Named Semifinalist for John Mackey Award". Pittsburgh Panthers. 18 November 2003. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Deborah Wilson Gadsen". Kris Wilson Foundation. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "San Diego Chargers Re-sign Kris Wilson". KC Chiefs blog. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Chargers release WR Buster Davis as camp opens; Turner impressed with rookie QB Tolzien". Associated Press (Washington Post). Retrieved 29 July 2011. [dead link]
  10. ^ Texans’ miscues help close book on historic season Retrieved 13 July 2012.

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