Wade Wilson, who played quarterback for the New Orleans Saints from 1993-94 as part of a 19-year NFL career with five teams and also enjoyed a long tenure as an assistant coach, died Friday, Feb. 1 at his home in Coppell, Texas at age 60.
Originally selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the eighth round of the 1981 NFL Draft (210th overall) out of Texas A&M Commerce, Wilson played in 125 career contests with 69 starts and completed 1,391-of-2,428 passes for 17,283 yards with 99 touchdowns. He also carried 239 times for 1,025 yards with nine touchdowns.
Wilson was signed as a free agent by New Orleans in 1993 and played two seasons for the Saints, appearing in 18 contests, completing 241-of-416 passes for 2,629 yards with 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Wilson handled starting duties in 14 contests for New Orleans in 1993, leading the Black and Gold to a 5-0 start.
After his retirement from his playing career in 1999, Wilson embarked on an 18-year career as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys.