Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wade Wilson, former New Orleans Saints quarterback, dies at age 60

Wade Wilson, former New Orleans Saints quarterback, dies at age 60

The Dallas Cowboys say former National Football League quarterback and longtime assistant coach Wade Wilson has died.

Wilson died at his home in the Dallas suburb of Coppell.

The former Cowboys coach and player was with the organization for more than 16 years.

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 also spent time with the Atlanta Falcons (1992), New Orleans Saints (1993-94), Dallas Cowboys (1995-97) and Oakland Raiders (1998-99). He served as the Cowboys quarterbacks coach in two different stints, from 2000-02 and then again from 2007-17. He is fourth all-time when it comes to total passing yards as well as passing yards for the Vikings. Wilson's contract ended after the 2017 season and he was not retained, ultimately replaced as quarterbacks coach by current offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

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After retiring as a player, Wilson became the Cowboys QB coach in 2000, and held that role until 2002 before leaving for the Bears.

Our condolences go out to the Wilson family, his loved ones, and those whose lives Wade Wilson improved. Wilson was Troy Aikman's backup on the Cowboys' Super Bowl XXX championship team in 1995.

In 1981, the Vikings drafted Wilson in the eighth round.

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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