We have received word from news outlets that Lion great Wade Wilson (1977-1980), one of, if not the the best QB’s to ever don the blue and gold of ET/TAMUC has passed away. At this time we do not have any details on the passing, only that Wilson passed away this morning at the age of 60.
A Hunt County and North Texas Native, Wilson was born in Greenville and was a standout punter and Quarterback at Commerce High School, leading them to their best season in school history in 1976. He signed on to stay in Commerce and was a Member of the Lions from 1977-1980. He was a back-up to All-American Terry Skinner and then started from 1978-1980. He was a two time First Team All-LSC QB, two time NAIA All-American, NAIA First Team QB in 1980, and QB’d the 1980 Lions to an 8-3-1 record, a National Semifinalist finish, ranked 6th in the country.
Wilson had a long career in the NFL where he as an All-Pro with the New Orleans Saints, and a Back-Up QB to Troy Aikman on the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX Championship team. He also was an assistant in Chicago where he coached in the 2007 Super Bowl and then the Quarterback Coach for The Dallas Cowboys.
No cause of his passing has been mentioned at this time and out of respect for his family, we will not be speculating on anything until final word has been given. Please give them time to mourn, and be in prayer for his family as this appears to have been very unexpected.