Former Cowboys Quarterback & Coach Wade Wilson Passes Away

Wade Wilson

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and longtime assistant coach Wade Wilson has died.

The Cowboys say Wilson passed away today at his home in Coppell. Today was Wilson's 60th birthday. A cause of death has not been released.

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 his retirement as a player, the Texas native embarked on an 18-year NFL coaching career, first as the Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach from 2000-02 and again in the same role from 2007-17, where he oversaw much of Tony Romo’s playing career and helped Dak Prescott transition to the league as a young starter. In between, he coached the Chicago Bears’ quarterbacks from 2004-06.

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