Reinard Wilson
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-12-17) December 17, 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth: Gainesville, Florida
High School: Lake City (FL) Columbia
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Debuted in 1997 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Last played in 2002 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Games played     93
Games started     23
Tackles     173
Quarterback sacks     24.0
Forced fumbles     7
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James Reinard Wilson (born December 17, 1973) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He played college football at Florida State University, and was recognized as an All-American. He was picked by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.

Early yearsEdit

Wilson was born in Gainesville, Florida.[1] He attended Columbia High School in Lake City, Florida,[2] where he was a standout high school football player for the Columbia Tigers.

College careerEdit

Wilson received an athletic scholarship to attend Florida State University, where he played for coach Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles football team from 1993 to 1996. As a senior in 1996, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American after recording thirteen quarterback sacks in his final college season.

Professional careerEdit

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Wilson in the first round (14th pick overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft,[3] and he played for the Bengals from 1997 to 2002.[1] In six NFL seasons, he appeared in 93 regular season games, started 23 of them, and compiled 173 tackles and 24 quarterback sacks.[4]

Wilson was also a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003, but did not appear in a regular season game for the Buccaneers.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 National Football League, Historical Players, Reinard Wilson. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  2., Players, Reinard Wilson. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  3. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1997 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  4., Players, Reinard Wilson. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
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