Wade Wilson, former Cowboys QB and assistant coach, dies at 60

Wade Wilson, former Cowboys QB and assistant coach, dies at 60

Wade Wilson, former Cowboys QB and assistant coach, dies at 60

Former quarterback Wade Wilson, who played for five National Football League teams over 17 seasons, and was most recently a Dallas Cowboys assistant coach, died Friday on his 60th birthday. He also played for the Falcons (1992), Saints (93-94) and Raiders (98-99). Wilson handled starting duties in 14 contests for New Orleans in 1993, leading the Black and Gold to a 5-0 start. The team didn't specify a cause of death for Wilson, who died on his 60th birthday.

The former Cowboys coach and player was with the organization for more than 16 years.

When his playing days were over, Wilson wasn't quite done with the NFL. He also played for the Cowboys as a backup quarterback from 1995-1997.

Wade Wilson of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during a game against the Arizona Cardinals in 1996. He coached with the Chicago Bears from 2004-06. He was the team's quarterbacks coach through the 2017 season.

Aikman tweeted, "Sad news today we lost a teammate far too soon". He helped develop Tony Romo and Dak Prescott during his tenure.

Wilson completed his career with a 75.6 quarterback rating on 1,391-of-2,428 passing for 17,283 yards. At the time, he had been the team's longest-tenured assistant coach.

Born in Commerce, Texas, Wilson's National Football League career began as an eighth round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1981. He had his best statistical year in 1988 when he led the NFC with a 91.5 quarterback rating, threw for 2,746 yards, had 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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