Dave Wilson (American football)

David Carlton Wilson (born April 27, 1959) is a former professional American football player who played with the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL) from 1981 to 1989. A 6'3", 206 lb (93 kg) quarterback from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Wilson was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 1981 supplemental draft.

Dave Wilson
No. 18
Personal information
Born:April 27, 1959 (age 60)
Anaheim, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Anaheim (CA) Katella
Supplemental draft:1981 / Round: 1
Career history
Career NFL statistics
QB Rating:63.8
Player stats at NFL.com


Wilson attended Katella High School in Anaheim, California. He had a reputation for a strong arm and quick release, when he received a scholarship from the University of Illinois. Wilson had many issues with his NCAA eligibility due to some issues with his transcripts. The highlight of Wilson's career was on November 9, 1980 against Ohio State, as he threw for 621 yards: an NCAA record that lasted eight years.


Once again, eligibility issues forced Wilson to declare himself eligible for the supplemental draft. The New Orleans Saints took Wilson with the number 1 pick,[1] as the heir apparent to Archie Manning. A knee injury his rookie season affected his mobility for the rest of his career. Wilson spent his entire career with the Saints until his retirement in 1990.

Later life and family

Wilson is currently a scout for NFL Pro Scouts in Southern California. Wilson has two sons who both play football.


  1. ^ AP sports staff, "Saints Draft Wilson," Observer-Reporter, July 8, 1981


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