Steve Wilson (defensive back)

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Steve Wilson
No. 81, 45
Position: Defensive back / Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-08-24) August 24, 1957 (age 57)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Northern (NC)
College: Howard
Undrafted: 1979
Career history
As player:
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 22
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Steven Anthony Wilson (born August 24, 1957) is a former American football defensive back who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. He played college football at Howard University. He was the former head football coach at his alma mater Howard University, from 1989 to 2001, and Texas Southern University, from 2004 to 2007.

Early years[edit]

Wilson attended Northern High School where he played defensive back and wide receiver. He was invited to the North-South Senior All-Star Game as a senior.

He accepted a scholarship to play for Howard University, where he focused on playing wide receiver. As a senior he set single-season school records for catches (94), receiving yards (1,339), touchdown receptions (12) and kickoff returns (40). He graduated as the school's all-time leading receiver and kick returner.

In 2013, he was inducted into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference hall of fame.[1] In 2012, he received MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legend honors.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Wilson was not selected in the 1979 NFL Draft and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys. Although he was initially waived on August 14, he was re-signed on August 29 for depth purposes, after Butch Johnson was injured.[2][3] He led the team in punt returns as a rookie.

He was converted into a cornerback in his second season,[4] finishing with 11 starts, 48 tackles, 4 interceptions and 41 passes defensed (led the team).

In 1981, he started 4 games before being replaced with rookie Everson Walls, who received Pro Bowl honors at the end of the season.[5] In 1982, he was moved back to wide receiver before being released on September 3.[6]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Wilson signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos on September 14, 1982,[7] after Steve Foley broke his arm in the first game of the season.

In 1983, he started 3 games after injuries to Foley and Dennis Smith, forced the team to make changes in the defensive backfield. In 1985, he started four of the first five games because of injuries and finished with 3 interceptions, 12 passes defensed and a fumble recovery.

In 1987, he started at right cornerback the last 5 regular season games and all of the playoff games, including Super Bowl XXII. He was waived on August, 29, 1988,[8] only to be re-signed on September 28,[9] after the team experienced a rash of injuries.[10]

During his time with the Broncos he was a dependable player (missing 4 games) and although he was used primarily as a backup, he was always among the team leaders in interceptions, finishing his career ranked ninth (16) in franchise history.

Coaching career[edit]

Wilson led the Howard Bison football team to the Mideastern Athletic Conference and Black College National championship twice (1993, 1996).[11] His 1993 team had an 11-0 record and qualified for the school's first Division 1-AA (now FCS) playoff appearance. His coaching record was 78 wins, 67 losses and received MEAC Coach of the Year honors twice (1989, 1993).

He spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator for Bowie State University. In 2004, he was hired as the head coach of Texas Southern. His coaching record was 4 wins, 40 losses.

Personal life[edit]

His father Tommy Wilson, played eight seasons in the NFL and was a Pro Bowl player.

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