- George Wilson (football coach)
February 3, 1914
DateOfDeath=death date and age|1978|11|23|1914|02|3
Detroit Lions Miami Dolphins
George Wilson (
February 3, 1914– November 23, 1978) was a professional football end and later a coach in the National Football League's Detroit Lionsand the American Football League's Miami Dolphins.
Northwestern Universityand played professionally for the Chicago Bearsfrom 1937 to 1946, winning four NFL Championships as a player. In 1957, he became the head coachof the Detroit Lions and in that same season won the NFL Championshipover 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 Redskinsbefore being named the first ever head coach of the American Football Leagueexpansion franchise the Miami Dolphinsin 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 Shulaafter 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.
* [http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/players.nsf/ID/01850005 Football @ JT-SW.com]
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