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Former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Wade Wilson dies at 60

Former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Wade Wilson dies at 60

Former NFL quarterback and assistant coach Wade Wilson died Friday in his Coppell, Texas, home, the Dallas Cowboys announced.

Wilson played quarterback for 17 National Football League seasons with the Vikings (1981-91), Falcons (1992), Saints (1993-94), Cowboys (1995-97) and Raiders (1998). Wilson handled starting duties in 14 contests for New Orleans in 1993, leading the Black and Gold to a 5-0 start.

Wilson was quarterbacks coach for the Cowboys from 2000-2002 and again from 2007-17 working with both Tony Romo and eventually Dak Prescott, who he helped win Rookie of the Year honors in 2016.

A true lifer, Wade Wilson was a familiar and friendly face for multiple generations of Cowboys players and fans, and will be dearly missed. Following his playing career, Wilson served as an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. Wilson was Troy Aikman's backup when the Cowboys won their last Super Bowl title during the 1995 season.

Wilson played for five National Football League teams from 1981-98.

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"Sad news today as we lost a teammate far too soon", Aikman tweeted on Friday afternoon. Wilson coached from 2000 to 2017.

In 69 career National Football League games, he threw 99 touchdown passes and 109 interceptions.

He had such a positive impact on me as a player, as a coach and as a person during our time together. He had his best statistical year in 1988 when he led the NFC with a 91.5 quarterback rating, threw for 2,746 yards, had 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The Minnesota Vikings selected Wilson in the eighth round (No. 210 overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft.