Mike Wilson (wide receiver)

Michael Ruben Wilson (born December 19, 1958) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers. He is only one of a few NFL players to be a member of four Super Bowl championship teams. He played college football at Washington State University.

Mike Wilson
No. 85
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:December 19, 1958 (age 60)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Carson (CA)
College:Washington State
NFL Draft:1981 / Round: 9 / Pick: 246
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:136
Games started:28
Receiving yards:2,199
Receiving TDs:15
Kicking yards:93
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Wilson attended Carson High School where he played in a run-oriented offense and received All-Los Angeles City honors. He also practiced basketball and track.

He graduated in 1976 and accepted a football scholarship from Washington State University. Although he struggled with dropped passes as a sophomore, that would end up being his best season, registering 31 receptions for 451 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The next year quarterback Jack Thompson graduated and the offense changed to a ground attack, with him playing the role of a blocking wide receiver in his last two seasons.

As a junior, he posted 6 receptions for 80 yards and 3 touchdowns. As a senior, he was slowed down by a hamstring injury that forced him to miss 4 games, making 11 receptions for 212 yards. He finished his college career with 48 receptions for 743 yards (15.5-yard average), 6 touchdowns and 176 rushing yards.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Wilson was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the ninth round (246th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft. At the time of his arrival, the team already had in its roster Drew Pearson, Tony Hill, Butch Johnson and also drafted Doug Donley in the second round that year.[1] He was waived on August 24, after the team decided to keep only four wide receivers.[2]

San Francisco 49ers

On August 27, 1981, he signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers, where he earned the team's third wide receiver job behind Dwight Clark and Freddie Solomon. He also registered 12 special teams tackles, on a season when the franchise won its first Super Bowl. On September 9, 1982, he was placed on the injured reserve list.[3]

In the 1983 NFC championship game, he had one of his best performances after replacing an injured Clark and finishing with 8 receptions for 57 yards and 2 touchdowns in a losing effort.

He became a starter in 1988 after Clark retired, but the next year he was passed over by John Taylor who would remain the starter playing alongside Jerry Rice. His combination of size and strength was not common at the time for a wide receiver, so he was also used as a tight end in some passing situations.[4]

Wilson retired in 1991, after the team did not offer him a contract.[5] He helped the 49ers win 4 Super Bowls, 4 NFC Championships and qualify for the NFL post-season in 9 out of his 10 seasons.

Coaching career

He began his coaching career at Stanford from 1992-94 where he coached wide receivers and tight ends on the staff of former 49ers coach Bill Walsh, followed by two seasons as wide receivers coach of the Oakland Raiders (1995–96). From 1997 to 1999 he served as wide receivers coach at USC.

After four years in private business (2000–03) Wilson joined the Arizona Cardinals as tight ends coach in 2004. From 2005-06 he coached the Cardinals wide receivers.

Wilson was the wide receivers coach for the Las Vegas franchise of the United Football League, while helping the team win two championships. He was the Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach from 2011 to 2012.


  1. ^ "Wilson planned to be in title game, but not with Niners". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Loosely Put, 49ers Could Use Tight End". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Pro Football". Retrieved February 19, 2017.

External links

1981 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1981 Dallas Cowboys season was their 22nd in the league. The team matched their previous output of 12–4, winning their fifth division title in six years. They lost the Conference Championship game for the second straight season.

The season began with four straight victories, followed by two losses (including a surprising 45–14 blowout loss to the 49ers in week six). The Cowboys rebounded to win 8 of their 9 games to clinch the NFC East but had to settle for the conference's number two seed behind the 49ers.

The Cowboys easily defeated Tampa Bay in the divisional playoff to earn a rematch with the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. The game was much closer this time, and the Cowboys still held a 27–21 lead with less than a minute to play. However, Joe Montana led a late drive and hit Dwight Clark in the famous "Catch" to give San Francisco a 28–27 lead. On the ensuing Cowboys possession, Danny White completed a pass to Drew Pearson, and was only an arms length away from breaking free from Eric Wright and most likely scoring a touchdown. Jim Stuckey recovered a White fumble on the next play, then the 49ers ran out the clock for the win.

1981 NFL Draft

The 1981 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 28–29, 1981, at the New York Sheraton Hotel in New York City. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

For the first time, the top two picks of the draft were named Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.

Dallas Cowboys draft history

This page is a list of the Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft selections. The first draft the Cowboys participated in was 1961, in which they made Defensive tackle Bob Lilly of TCU their first-ever selection.

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