Vikings 1987 NFC Championship Game QB Wade Wilson dies at 60

Arnold Nichols
February 3, 2019

He died at his home in Coppell, Texas, on his 60th birthday, a spokesman for the Cowboys said. Wilson handled starting duties in 14 contests for New Orleans in 1993, leading the Black and Gold to a 5-0 start.

Wilson served as Cowboys quarterbacks coach from 2007 to '17, helping develop Tony Romo into the franchise's all-time leader in touchdown passes, and Dak Prescott, who was named NFL Rookie of the Year in 2016.

Wade was a great teammate, a fantastic coach and a dear friend to so many in our organization and throughout the National Football League for over 35 years. He also played for the Cowboys as a backup quarterback from 1995-1997.

Wilson was part of coach Lovie Smith's original staff with the Bears, helping the team win back-to-back NFC North titles in 2005-06 and the NFC championship in 2006.

He coached the Cowboys quarterbacks once again, until Kellen Moore - now the Cowboys offensive coordinator - took over for Wilson in 2018. He was the team's quarterbacks coach through the 2017 season.

"Sad news today as we lost a teammate far too soon", Aikman tweeted.

In 2000, Wilson began his coaching career with the Cowboys. Aikman's final season was Wilson's first as QB coach.

During his three years in Dallas, Wilson threw for 585 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions on 58-of-96 passing for a 63.9 rating.

An eighth-round draft pick of the Vikings in 1981, Wilson appeared in 76 games for Minnesota, with 48 starts.

Wilson's best season statistically was 1988, when he led the National Football League with a completion percentage of 61.4 percent with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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