Larry Wilson (American football)

  • St. Louis Cardinals (1960-1972)
  • 8 × Pro Bowl selection ( 1962, 1963, 1965-1970 )
  • 8 × All-Pro selection (1963, 1965-1971 ) 1 2 team
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All- Time Team
  • NFL 1970s All- Decade Team
  • NFL 1960s All- Decade Team
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1978 )
  • Back number blocked by Cardinals

Lawrence Frank Wilson ( born May 24, 1938 in Rigby, Idaho, USA) is an American former American football player. He played in the National Football League ( NFL) with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Playing career

College career

Wilson attended in his hometown high school. At his college, the University of Utah, he played both on offense, and in the American Football Defense for the Utah Utes. In 1959 he set a school record as halfback - he scored five touchdowns in a game and was selected in the national team of the College Football League.

Professional career

Wilson was born in 1960 drafted until the seventh round to 74th place. The late commitment first made him no great hope of a long NFL career. Before the 1960 season, he was inducted into the Vorsaisonspielen by the Cardinals in defense and in attack, but realized himself that he will not prevail as an attack player. His attempt as a cornerback for the Cardinals to get a foothold also failed. In the last pre-season game Wilson was employed as a safety, he became one of the most dominant players ever to be used in this position.

Wilson presented at numerous season records. 1966 get him 10 interceptions in a season. His Cardinals could with his performance does not always keep pace. While reach the team in 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968 and 1970 respectively more victories than defeats. The move into the Play Offs them remained but always denied. Wilson never won a title. In 1972 he ended his playing career.

Career as a functionary / Trainer

Wilson remained after his playing career the Cardinals faithful. From 1973 to 1976 he was Scout of the Association and from 1977 to 1987 the head of personnel. In 1979 he took over the short term, the Office of the Head Coaches, but could not prevent the team lost 11 of 16 games. 1988 pulled the Cardinals to Phoenix, Arizona, and Wilson was General Manager and Vice - President of the team. From 1994 to 2002 he was only served as Vice - President and then sat down to rest.


Wilson played eight times in the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players of the season. He was elected to the All-Pro eight times. Wilson is a member of the NFL 75th Anniversary All- Time Team, NFL 1970s All- Decade in the team, in the NFL 1960s All- Decade Team and since 1978 in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His shirt number was blocked by the Cardinals and is no longer assigned there. The magazine " The Sporting News" chose him as one of the 100 best football players of all time. Wilson was hired very late by the Cardinals. Other NFL teams had the chance to be missed one of the best football player to commit all times. On behalf of the NFL, he is therefore considered one of the best late signing of all time.