Former Cowboys Quarterback, Assistant Coach Wade Wilson Passes Away At 60

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Wade Wilson, a former longtime National Football League quarterback and assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys, died on Friday at his home in Coppell, the club announced.

Wilson played for a total of five National Football League teams over the course of his 17-year career.

After serving as Cowboys quarterbacks coach from 2000-02, he returned for a second stint in 2007, when Jason Garrett was hired as Dallas' offensive coordinator.

He was also a quarterback for the team from 1995-97 near the end of this National Football League career.

Wade Wilson, who spent 18 years in the National Football League as a quarterback and another 17 as quarterbacks coach, died on Friday. Today was his 60th birthday. His coaching career spanned 18 years.


He also played for Atlanta, New Orleans, Dallas and Oakland before retiring in 1999.

Wilson played quarterback at East Texas State where he earned NAIA All-American honors during the 1980 season when he led the team to the national semifinals.

Selected by the Vikings out of Texas A&M University-Commerce in the eighth round of the 1981 NFL Draft, Wilson went on to play for the Cowboys, Falcons, Saints and Raiders.

His final National Football League season came with the Oakland Raiders.

Wilson was the Bears quarterbacks coach from 2004-06 as their passing game improved from the worst in the NFL to above league average. He is fourth all-time when it comes to total passing yards as well as passing yards for the Vikings.

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