George Wilson (American football coach)
|Date of birth:||February 3, 1914|
|Place of birth:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Date of death:||November 23, 1978(aged 64)|
|Place of death:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Austin (Chicago, Illinois)
SJNMA (Delafield, Wisconsin)
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Head coaching record|
|Player stats at PFR|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
George William Wilson (February 3, 1914 – November 23, 1978) was a professional football end and later a coach for the National Football League's Detroit Lions and the American Football League's Miami Dolphins. He also played one season of professional basketball for the Chicago Bruins in 1939–40.
In 1957, he became the head coach of the Detroit Lions and, in that same season, won the NFL Championship over the Cleveland Browns, 59–14. Wilson was the first recipient of the NFL Coach of the Year Award. As of 2014, it is the last NFL championship won by the Lions. He was replaced following the 1964 season and spent one year as an assistant coach for the Washington Redskins before being named the first ever head coach of an American Football League expansion franchise, the Miami Dolphins, in 1966. After four losing seasons in Miami, he was replaced with former Baltimore Colts coach Don Shula after the 1969–70 season.
In 1980, Wilson was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
Wilson's career record was 68–84–8 as head coach, with 2–0 record in the postseason. He is 65th in all-time wins by an NFL coach.
Head coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|DET||1957||8||4||0||.667||1st in Western Conference||2||0||1.000||Won Western Conference Playoff over San Francisco 49ers
Won NFL Championship to Cleveland Browns
|DET||1958||4||7||1||.364||5th in National Conference||-||-||-||-|
|DET||1959||3||8||1||.273||5th in National Conference||-||-||-||-|
|DET||1960||7||5||0||.583||Tied for 2nd in National Conference||-||-||-||-|
|DET||1961||8||5||1||.615||2nd in National Conference||-||-||-||-|
|DET||1962||11||3||0||.786||2nd in National Conference||-||-||-||-|
|DET||1963||5||8||1||.385||Tied for 4th in National Conference||-||-||-||-|
|DET||1964||7||5||2||.583||4th in National Conference||-||-||-||-|
|MIA||1966||3||11||0||.214||5th in Eastern Division||-||-||-||-|
|MIA||1967||4||10||0||.286||4th in Eastern Division||-||-||-||-|
|MIA||1968||5||8||1||.385||3rd in Eastern Division||-||-||-||-|
|MIA||1969||3||10||1||.231||5th in Eastern Division||-||-||-||-|
|Total||68||84||8||.450||2||0||1.000||1 NFL title in 12 seasons|
George Wilson appeared as himself in Paper Lion, the 1968 sports comedy film starring Alan Alda as writer George Plimpton, based on Plimpton's 1966 nonfiction book of the same title depicting his tryout with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. The movie premiered in Detroit on October 2, 1968 and was released nationwide the week of October 14, 1968.
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