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February 01, 2019

Cowboys' Wade Wilson dead at 60

    Wade Wilson, the former Cowboys quarterback, and longtime assistant coach passed away Friday at his home in Coppell, Texas. He was 60.

The Cowboys announced Wilson's passing Friday afternoon. No cause of death was announced by the team.

A former eighth-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings, Wilson had a productive 19-year playing career (1981-99) on five NFL teams, including the Cowboys as a backup to Troy Aikman for three seasons. Wilson was a member of the club's Super Bowl XXX championship team.

After being drafted in the eighth round out of East Texas State University (Texas A&M University–Commerce) in 1981, Wilson spent 19 years playing in the NFL. He spent the first 11 years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, leading the team to the NFC Championship Game in 1987. He made the Pro Bowl the following season after throwing for a career-high 2,746 yards and 15 touchdowns.

In addition to the Cowboys, Wilson went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and Oakland Raiders.

After his playing career ended, Wilson took a job as the Cowboys' quarterbacks coach in 2000. He served in that role for three seasons, then joined the Chicago Bears from 2004-06 before returning in 2007 to the Cowboys where he oversaw much of Tony Romo's playing career and helped Dak Prescott transition to the league as a young starter. 

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