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Encyclopedia > Larry Wilson
Larry Wilson
Date of birth May 24, 1938 (1938-05-24) (age 69)
Place of birth Flag of the United States Rigby, Idaho
Position(s) Safety
College Utah
NFL Draft 1960 / Round 7/ Pick 74
Career Highlights
Pro Bowls 8
Honors NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
Retired #s Arizona Cardinals #8
Records Cardinals
Career Interceptions (52)
Career Record 2-1-0
Stats
Playing Stats DatabaseFootball
Coaching Stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1960-1972 St. Louis Cardinals
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1979 St. Louis Cardinals
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1978

Lawrence Frank Wilson (born May 24, 1938, in Rigby, Idaho) is a former American football free safety who played for the St. Louis Cardinals. is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Rigby is a city located in Jefferson County, Idaho. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... In American football and Canadian football, the termsafety can refer to: two positions in the most-common defensive backfield setup, the strong safety and the free safety, or a type of score, worth one or two points. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U or the UU), located in Salt Lake City, is the flagship public research university in the state of Utah, and one of 10 institutions that make up the Utah System of Higher Education. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1960 NFL Draft was held in secret. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... This is a list of all NFL players who have had outstanding performances throughout the 1970s and have been compiled onto this fantasy group. ... // Offense Defense Special teams See also National Football League NFL 1920s All-Decade Team NFL 1930s All-Decade Team NFL 1940s All-Decade Team NFL 1950s All-Decade Team NFL 1970s All-Decade Team NFL 1980s All-Decade Team NFL 1990s All-Decade Team ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... See also: 1977 in sports, other events of 1978, 1979 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing USAC - A J Foyt won final season championship under USAC. CART, Championship Auto Racing Teams open wheel racing established in the United States. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Rigby is a city located in Jefferson County, Idaho. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... In American football and Canadian football, the termsafety can refer to: two positions in the most-common defensive backfield setup, the strong safety and the free safety, or a type of score, worth one or two points. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952...


Wilson attended Rigby High School, where a plaque now hangs noting his accomplishments. After high school Wilson played college football at the University of Utah, where he was a two-way starter. Despite his skill and adaptability, Wilson was not drafted until the 7th round of the 1960 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. After originally playing as a cornerback, Wilson switched to free safety, and it was here that he found his place on the team. A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U or the UU), located in Salt Lake City, is the flagship public research university in the state of Utah, and one of 10 institutions that make up the Utah System of Higher Education. ... The 1960 NFL Draft was held in secret. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Not long after Wilson made the team, defensive coordinator Chuck Drulis crafted a play that called for the free safety to take part in a blitz. The play was code-named "Wildcat", after Wilson's nickname. When the Cardinals first ran the safety blitz, the pressure was severe since most teams didn't (and still don't) expect a defensive back to take part in a pass rush. In American football, a blitz is a defensive maneuver in which one or more linebackers or defensive backs, who normally remain behind the line of scrimmage during a play, are instead sent across the line to the opponents side in order to try to tackle the quarterback. ...


Wilson eventually made All-Pro honors six times in his career. Wilson represented the Cardinals on eight Pro Bowl teams. During the 1966 NFL season, Wilson had at least one interception in seven consecutive games, en route to a 10-pick season that led his league. Wilson is renowned for not only playing, but intercepting a pass, with casts on both hands due to broken wrists. On the September 18, 2006 edition of SportsCenter, Mike Ditka challenged Terrell Owens' toughness by not playing for 2-4 weeks due to a broken finger. He citied Wilson's interception with casts on both hands as proof of a tougher football player. He ended his career with 52 career picks for 800 yards and five touchdowns. In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 1966 NFL season was the 47th regular season of the National Football League. ... In Canadian or American football, an interception occurs when a quarterbacks pass is caught by a player on the opposing team. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the American ESPN show. ... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... Terrell Eldorado Owens, popularly known by his initials T.O., (born December 7, 1973), is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. ... A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football, in which the ball carrier causes the football to break the plane of the end zone, thus earning 6 points for his team (in both codes). ...


Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978. Wilson compared favorably with the Kansas City Chiefs great safety Johnny Robinson, who played fewer years at the position, but had 57 career interceptions for 745 yards, and seventeen touchdowns on pass receptions, rushes, and punt/interception returns. He, too had 10 interceptions in 1966 to lead his league. Wilson played in no post-season games, except for a "runner-up bowl". He was inducted to the Pro football Hall of Fame, while his contemporary Robinson, who had three league championship rings and a World Championship ring, has to date been excluded. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... :See below for others of the same name Johnny Robinson (born 1938) was an American college and professional football player from Louisiana State University. ...


Wilson later served as the Cardinals' interim head coach in 1979 after the disimissal of Bud Wilkinson, and was the franchise's general manager from 1980 through 1993. In 1999, he was ranked number 43 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, making him the highest-ranked player to have played a majority of his career with the Cardinal franchise. The team has also retired his uniform number 8. Charles Burnham Bud Wilkinson (April 23, 1916–February 9, 1994) was an American football player, coach, and broadcaster. ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


External links

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: Member profile
  • Football cards
Preceded by
Bud Wilkinson
St. Louis Cardinals Head Coaches
1979
Succeeded by
Jim Hanifan

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Larry Wilson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (387 words)
After high school Wilson played college football at the University of Utah, where he was a two-way starter.
Despite his skill and adaptability, Wilson was not drafted until the 7th round of the 1960 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.
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