Dave Wilson
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-04-27) April 27, 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth: Anaheim, California
Career information
College: Illinois
Supplemental Draft: 1981 / Round: 1
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New Orleans Saints (1981–1989)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
TDINT     36–55
Yards     6,987
QB Rating     63.8
Stats at

David Carlton Wilson (born April 27, 1959) is a former professional American football player who played with the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL) from 1981 to 1989. A 6'3", 206 lb (93 kg) quarterback from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Wilson was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 1981 supplemental draft.


Wilson attended Katella High School in Anaheim, California. He had a reputation for a strong arm and quick release, when he received a scholarship from the University of Illinois. Wilson had many issues with his NCAA eligibility due to some issues with his transcripts. The highlight of Wilson's career was on November 9, 1980 against Ohio State, as he threw for 621 yards: an NCAA record that lasted eight years.


Once again, eligibility issues forced Wilson to declare himself eligible for the supplemental draft. The New Orleans Saints took Wilson with the number 1 pick,[1] as the heir apparent to Archie Manning. A knee injury his rookie season affected his mobility for the rest of his career. Wilson spent his entire career with the Saints until his retirement in 1990.

Later life and familyEdit

Wilson is currently a scout for NFL Pro Scouts in Southern California. Wilson has two sons who both play football.


  1. AP sports staff, "Saints Draft Wilson," Observer-Reporter, July 8, 1981

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