Vikings 1987 NFC Championship Game QB Wade Wilson dies at 60

Former Vikings Wade Wilson plays in a divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers Photo: YouTube/NFL
Former Vikings Wade Wilson plays in a divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers

February 01, 2019 04:36 PM

Former Vikings quarterback Wade Wilson passed away in his Dallas, Texas-area home today on his 60th birthday.

The Dallas Cowboys issued a release Friday afternoon, but did not specify a cause of death.

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The Vikings drafted Wilson in the eighth-round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He made his first start with the Vikings on December 17th, 1983 - rallying them to a late come-from-behind 20-14 win over Cincinnati.

He stayed with the Vikings for ten seasons, and is remembered most for guiding them to an NFC Championship game appearance against Washington in 1987.

He started 48 games for the Vikings (active for 76), and his 12,135 passing yards still rank 4th on the Vikings all-time list.

Wilson played for a total of five NFL teams over the course of his 17-year career.  He won a Super Bowl ring serving as Troy Aikman's backup with the Dallas Cowboys in 1995.

After his playing career, Wilson coached for 18 seasons - most recently as an assistant with the Cowboys.

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