Puny Wilson

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Puny Wilson
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1899-10-31)October 31, 1899
Fannin County, Texas
Died May 24, 1969(1969-05-24) (aged 69)
Tyler, Texas
Playing career
1921–1923 Texas A&M
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1938–1951 Sam Houston State
1938–1945 Sam Houston State
Head coaching record
Overall 50–49–6 (football)
66–32 (basketball)

Thomas Fred "Puny" Wilson (October 31, 1899 – May 24, 1969) was an American football player and coach. He was an All-American at Texas A&M University in the early 1920s, playing for coach Dana X. Bible. Wilson graduated from Texas A&M in 1924 and was later inducted into school's hall of fame.[1]

Puny and his brother, Mule, are the only two brothers in the Texas A&M football Hall of Fame. Mule was the first Aggie to play in the National Football League (NFL). He won three NFL championships, one on the New York Giants and two with the Green Bay Packers

In 1938, Wilson became head football coach at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He compiled a 50–49–6 overall record in 11 seasons. He also briefly coached Dan Rather.[2]

Wilson died after a cerebral hemorrhage in 1969.[3] He was buried at Tyler Memorial Park in Tyler, Texas.[4] In his later life he worked as a real estate agent.[5]


  1. ^ Texas A&M University Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Dan Rather Interview – page 6 / 9 – Academy of Achievement
  3. ^ https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11840-122018-85?cc=1320964&wc=13012524
  4. ^ Redlands Daily Facts, Monday, May 26, 1969, Redlands, California, United States Of America
  5. ^ Del Rio News-Herald, Monday, May 26, 1969, Del Rio, Texas, United States Of America

Further reading[edit]

  • Carter, Bo; McKenzie, Mike (2002). Tales from Aggieland: Home of the Twelfth Man. Sports Publishing. ISBN 1-58261-331-1.