Gabe Wilkins

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Gabe Wilkins
No. 98
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-01-09) January 9, 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth: Cowpens, South Carolina
Career information
College: Gardner-Webb
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 4 / Pick: 126
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played: 84
Sacks: 13.5
Fumble recoveries: 3
Player stats at NFL.com

Gabriel Nicholas Wilkins (born January 9, 1971 in Cowpens, South Carolina) is a former American Football defensive end who played for the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers in a six-year career that lasted from 1994 to 1999 in the National Football League.[1]

Early life[edit]

He attended Gettys D. Broome High School.[2]

Collegiate career[edit]

Attending NAIA Gardner–Webb University, Wilkins recorded 29 sacks and 53 tackles for loss (both school records), and participated in the 1992 NAIA Football Championship game.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Wilkins was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 1994 NFL Draft (4th round, 126th overall).[4] After being used sparingly in his first three seasons, Wilkins performed well in relief of Reggie White during Super Bowl XXXI, recording a tackle and a deflected pass. Becoming a starter after Sean Jones retired in 1997, Wilkins became a starter, finishing the season with 50 tackles, 5.5 sacks, a 77-yard interception return touchdown, and a fumble recovery touchdown.[1] However, Wilkins played only one drive of Super Bowl XXXII due to a knee injury.[5]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Following the 1997 season, the San Francisco 49ers signed Wilkins to a 5-year, $20 million contract.[5] After recording 30 tackles and a sack over two years in San Francisco and being injured late in his career,[6] Wilkins retired after the 1999 season.[7]

Post-career life[edit]

Wilkins now lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with his wife and four kids.[8] He directed Day By Day, a 2011 mini-documentary.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gabe Wilkins". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gabe Wilkins". The Pro Football Archives. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Gabe Wilkins HOF". Gardner-Webb Athletics. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  4. ^ "1994 NFL Draft Results by Position - Defensive Ends - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  5. ^ a b DILLON, DENNIS (1998-06-14). "Moves That Don't Seem to Add Up". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  6. ^ "ESPN.com: NFL - PFW: Salary-cap lessons of Cowboys, 49ers". a.espncdn.com. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  7. ^ "SUPER BOWL COUNTDOWN | 48: Gabe Wilkins found life's ultimate after Super Bowl triumph | American Sports Network". americansportsnet.com. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  8. ^ "Packers.com | News | Stories | September 14, 2006: Gabe Wilkins Has Become A Dedicated Family Man". Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  9. ^ "Gabe Wilkins". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-01-06.