George Wilson (football coach)


George Wilson (football coach)

NFL PlayerCoach
Name=George Wilson


DateOfBirth=February 3, 1914
Birthplace=Chicago, Illinois
DateOfDeath=death date and age|1978|11|23|1914|02|3
PlaceOfDeath=Chicago, Illinois
Position= End
College=Northwestern
DraftedYear=1937
DraftedRound=
Awards=
Honors=
Records=
Retired #s=
Record=68-84-8
PFRCoach=
DatabaseFootballCoach=WILSOGEO01
DatabaseFootball=WILSOGEO02
ProBowls=
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CollegeHOF=
coach=yes
coachingyears=1957-1964
1966-1969
coachingteams=Detroit Lions
Miami Dolphins
player=yes
years=1937-1946
teams=Chicago Bears

George Wilson (February 3, 1914 – November 23, 1978) was a professional football end and later a coach in the National Football League's Detroit Lions and the American Football League's Miami Dolphins.

He attended Northwestern University and played professionally for the Chicago Bears from 1937 to 1946, winning four NFL Championships as a player. In 1957, he became the head coach of the Detroit Lions and in that same season won the NFL Championship over the Cleveland Browns, 59-14. [http://www.detroitlions.com/document_display.cfm?cont_id=108650] As of 2006, this is the last NFL championship won by the Lions (they've never won a Super Bowl). He was replaced following the 1964 season and coached one year as an assistant for the Washington Redskins before being named the first ever head coach of the American Football League expansion franchise the Miami Dolphins in 1966. [http://www.miamidolphins.com/newsite/history/historicalhighlights/historicalhighlights.asp] After four losing seasons in Miami he was replaced with former Baltimore Colts coach Don Shula after the 1969-70 season.

In 1980, Wilson was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. [http://www.detroitlions.com/document_display.cfm?cont_id=23924]

Wilson's career record was 68-84-8 as head coach, with 2-0 record in the postseason.

See also

* Other American Football League coaches, players, and contributors

References

* [http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/players.nsf/ID/01850005 Football @ JT-SW.com]


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