December 11, 1998 |
Wade Wilson, who last started an NFL game in 1996 with the Dallas Cowboys, will start another Sunday with the Oakland Raiders against the Buffalo Bills. Wilson turns 40 in two months and is five years older than Oakland Coach Jon Gruden, but Gruden decided to start Wilson after learning that the bruise on Donald Hollas' left--non-throwing--wrist was too sore and hadn't had time to heal. "That's part of it," Gruden said.
December 2, 1985 |
Talk about an emotional roller coaster. Minnesota backup quarterback Wade Wilson, who started because Tommy Kramer was banged up, was yanked after a disappointing first half Sunday in which the Philadelphia Eagles took a 23-0 lead, then returned in the fourth quarter and led the Vikings to a 28-23 victory.
September 14, 1987 |
Minnesota quarterback Wade Wilson, having thrown three interceptions in the first half, and wide receiver Anthony Carter, who had two of those passes bounce off his hands, both redeemed themselves in the third quarter Sunday. Wilson, starting in place of the injured Tommy Kramer, came back to throw three second-half touchdown passes, including a 73-yard play to Carter, to lead the Vikings past the Detroit Lions, 34-19.
November 7, 1988 |
Jerry Burns had his hook ready, but stuck with Wade Wilson. Wilson went on to complete 14 straight passes in the second half and finish with a career-high 391 passing yards Sunday, leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 44-17 victory over the Detroit Lions. Burns nearly pulled Wilson when Detroit linebacker George Jamison tipped a pass by Wilson, intercepted it and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown that pulled the Lions to within 13-10 with 2:40 left in the first half.
September 10, 1989 |
GAME OF THE DAY Houston (11-7) at Minnesota (12-6), 1 p.m. These might be the two most talent-laden teams in the NFL, but they're still a bit young and haven't developed the consistency of championship teams such as San Francisco and Chicago. The Oilers are so loaded at running back with Alonzo Highsmith, Allen Pinkett and Lorenzo White, and in that blue-chip offensive line, that Mike Rozier's holdout didn't affect their running game in the exhibition season.
September 19, 1987 |
Here it was Wade Wilson's big chance, his first season-opening start at quarterback since knocking 'em dead at tiny East Texas State seven seasons ago, and, well, there were problems. In order of appearance: --His Minnesota Viking receivers, most notably Anthony Carter, were having some problems catching. Carter, usually reliable in such situations, kept dropping Wilson's passes as if the balls were coated with your favorite 10W-40 multi-grade.
April 13, 1993 |
The New Orleans Saints said goodby to quarterback Bobby Hebert on Monday and signed Atlanta's Wade Wilson to a three-year contract averaging about $2 million a year. Saint General Manager Jim Finks said Hebert, an unrestricted free agent who has been shopping for another team, will not be offered a contract. Coach Jim Mora said Wilson will compete with Steve Walsh and Mike Buck for the quarterback job.
December 27, 1990 |
Only third-string quarterback Sean Salisbury was available for the Minnesota Vikings' practice Wednesday. Salisbury, the former Orange Glen High and USC quarterback, was No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 because starter Wade Wilson is out with a shoulder separation and backup Rich Gannon has the flu. Said Coach Jerry Burns: "He looked like Johnny Unitas out there."