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New Orleans Saints Flashback: Wayne Wilson

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Wayne Wilson played running back/fullback for the New Orleans Saints for seven full seasons, from 1979-1985, as well as part of the 1986 season.

Born in 1957 in Montgomery County, Maryland, Wilson went on to play college football at Shepherd College (now Shepherd University) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, before being drafted by the Houston Oilers in the 12th round of the 1979 NFL Draft.

After being released by the Oilers, Wilson caught on with the Saints, where he played for next seven-plus seasons, rushing the football 658 times for 2,462 yards and 16 touchdowns, while catching 170 passes for 1,517 yards and 14 touchdowns, along with  68 kickoff returns for 1,565 yards.

Wilson had his best season in a New Orleans uniform in 1983, when he rushed for 787 yards and nine touchdowns, combining with George Rogers to rush for 1,931 yards and 14 touchdowns.

In 1985, Wilson led the team in rushing, with 645 yards on 168 carries.

The Saints released Wilson five games into the 1986 season, after which time he signed with the Minnesota Vikings, where he played the remainder of the year.

In 1987, Wilson ended his career with the Washington Redskins.

Over 111 career games, Wilson rushed for 2,531 yards and 18 touchdowns, along with 1,533 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.

Currently, Wilson serves as a receivers coach for Shepherd.

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