George Wilson (quarterback)
|Date of birth||May 29, 1943|
|Place of birth||Oak Park, Illinois|
|Date of death||August 6, 2011(aged 68)|
|NFL draft||1965 / Round: 20 / Pick: 277|
George William Wilson, Jr. (May 29, 1943 – August 6, 2011) was an American football player. He played college football at Xavier University and professionally for the American Football League's (AFL) 1966 expansion team, the Miami Dolphins. In 1965, Wilson was selected in the 20th round of the National Football League draft by the Detroit Lions, with the overall 277th pick. However, he eventually signed with the AFL's Buffalo Bills. In 1966, Wilson was traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 13th round 1967 draft pick. At the time, the Dolphins' head coach was his father, George Wilson, Sr.
During his only season in Miami, George Wilson, Jr. shared starting quarterback duties with Rick Norton, John Stofa, and Dick Wood. On October 16, 1966, Wilson led the Miami Dolphins to their first win, defeating the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–7. He played all 14 games, starting in 7 of them. Wilson compiled a win-loss record of 2–5 when starting. Wilson's season stats included completing 41.1% of his passes – 46 out of 112 pass attempts – for a total of 764 yards. Although he threw five touchdown passes, Wilson was intercepted ten times. Additionally, Wilson rushed 137 yards on 27 attempts. He received an unimpressive passer rating of 42.4.
Prior to the 1967 season, Wilson, along with Earl Faison, Cookie Gilchrist, and Ernie Park were traded to the Broncos in exchange for Abner Haynes, Jerry Hopkins, Dan LaRose, and a draft pick. However, he was cut from the Broncos on July 15, 1967, after practicing for less than a week. Wilson died of throat cancer in Weeki Wachee, Florida, on August 6, 2011.
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- Miami Dolphins all-time roster
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • Pro-Football-Reference • Databasefootball.com
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