Willie Wilkin

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Willie Wilkin
No. 36
Position: Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1916-04-20)April 20, 1916
Place of birth: Bingham Canyon, Utah
Date of death: May 16, 1973(1973-05-16) (aged 57)
Place of death: Palo Alto, California
Career information
College: St. Mary's (CA)
Undrafted: 1938
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 74
Games started: 45
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Wilbur Byrne "Wee Willie" Wilkin (April 20, 1916 – May 16, 1973) was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins. Wilkin also played in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) for the Chicago Rockets. He attended St. Mary's College of California.

Early life[edit]

Wilkin was born in Bingham Canyon, Utah and attended Springville High School in Springville, Utah, where he played high school football, basketball, and track and field.[1]

College career[edit]

Wilkin attended and played college football at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, California, graduating in 1938. He was inducted into the Saint Mary's College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1973.[2] After college, Wilkin briefly worked in a silver mine in Mexico.[3]


Wilkin signed with the Washington Redskins of the National Football League in 1938, and played for the Redskins from 1938 to 1943. During that span, he played in three NFL Championship games, winning the 1942 NFL Championship Game. He also scored the only touchdown of his career in 1942, off of a blocked punt in a win over the Cleveland Rams.[4]

Military career[edit]

Wilkin signed up for the United States Marine Corps in 1946, during World War II.[1] While in service, he was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro and played for their football team.[5]


After his service with the Marines ended, Wilkin signed with the Chicago Rockets of the All-America Football Conference in 1946.[3][5]

Teaching and coaching[edit]

After retiring from football, Wilkin became a math and social studies high school teacher for special needs children in Monterey County, California. While teaching, he was also an offensive line coach for Monterey High School.[3][6] He later moved to Deer Lodge, Montana.[3]


Wilkin was married and had twin sons. Both sons, John Sharpe Wilkin and Christopher Wilkin, died in an automobile accident in 1965.[3][6] In 1970, he had a brain tumor successfully removed. However, two years later, he developed stomach cancer and died on May 16, 1973 in Palo Alto, California.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Towering Ex-Redskin Joins Marine". Marine Corps Chevron. Princeton University Library. April 1, 1944. p. 14. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Saint Mary's College Athletic Hall of Fame Membership". Saint Mary's College. June 23, 2008. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Maxymuk, John (2012). NFL Head Coaches: A Biographical Dictionary, 1920-2011, 340-341, McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6557-6.
  4. ^ "Cleveland Rams 14 at Washington Redskins 33". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Goin' to the Dogs" (PDF). Pro Football Researchers. 1998. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  6. ^ a b "Auto Crash Claims Life of John Sharpe Wilkin". The Stanford Daily. March 29, 1965. p. 1. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 

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