Ben Wilson (American football)

Ben Ivery Wilson (born March 9, 1939) is a former professional American football fullback in the National Football League.

Ben Wilson
No. 36
Born:March 9, 1939 (age 80)
Houston, Texas
Career information
Position(s)Fullback
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg)
CollegeUSC
High schoolGeorge Washington Carver
NFL draft1962 / Round: 5 / Pick: 68
Career history
As player
19631966Los Angeles Rams
1967Green Bay Packers
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Rushing yards1,589
Rush attempts431
Rushing TDs9
Receiving yards487
Receptions47

High school

Wilson attended Aldine Carver High School where he played football and was also the state champ in the shot put. While at Carver, he was a Jones scholar who was offered an academic scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati, but he wanted to play football. Although he was an exceptional football player, he did not receive a scholarship offer from any white college in Texas because of segregation.

College career

The superintendent of Wilson's high school had contacts at USC and Wilson received a scholarship to attend USC. While at USC, Wilson became the starting fullback and team captain of USC's 1962 national championship team.

Professional career

Wilson played running back for five seasons in the NFL. He was traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Green Bay Packers prior to the 1967 season. Wilson started at fullback in Super Bowl II for Green Bay and led both teams in rushing with 62 yards in 17 carries. Late in the game he lost a contact lens on the sidelines after being tackled, and missed the rest of the game.[1]

References

  1. ^ "Packers RB Ben Wilson sparkled in surprise role". Packers News. April 13, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2018.

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Ben Wilson (American football coach)

Ben Wilson (January 15, 1926 – October 2, 1970) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Wichita State University from 1969 until three games into the 1970 seasons when he was killed in a plane crash.

On October 2, 1970, Wilson and his wife, Helen, were killed along with 14 players on the team and several others during the Wichita State University football team plane crash en route to a game at Utah State University. The remaining team members completed the season under assistant coach Bob Seaman.

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