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Eugene W. Wilson, II (born August 17, 1980) is a former American football safety. He played college football at Illinois and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Eugene Wilson
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Wilson during his tenure with the Patriots.
No. 26
Position:Safety
Personal information
Born: (1980-08-17) August 17, 1980 (age 38)
Merrillville, Indiana
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Merrillville (IN)
College:Illinois
NFL Draft:2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:399
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:4
Pass deflections:41
Interceptions:14
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Wilson has also been a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Houston Texans. He earned two Super Bowl rings during his tenure with the Patriots.

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Early yearsEdit

Wilson attended Merrillville High School in Merrillville, Indiana and lettered in football and basketball. In football, he was a two-time All-State selection and, as a senior, he was named the Conference's Defensive Player of the Year. In basketball, he was a four-year varsity letterman and starter and was a two-time All-Conference selection.

College careerEdit

Wilson attended the University of Illinois where he majored in speech communications. He finished his career with 176 Tackles (139 Solo, 37 Assist), 11 INT, and 60 PD. He also had 93 punt returns for 896 yards and 2 TD.[1]

Professional careerEdit

New England PatriotsEdit

Wilson was drafted by the Patriots in the second round (36th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. He helped the Patriots win Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2003 and Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004. He recovered a fumble by Philadelphia Eagles tight end L.J. Smith in Super Bowl XXXIX before leaving the game after sustaining an injury on a kickoff. He also intercepted Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger twice in the Patriots 41-27 victory in the 2004 AFC Championship Game.

In 2007, in a Week 15 game against the New York Jets, Wilson returned a Kellen Clemens interception for a touchdown, making him the 21st Patriot to score a touchdown that season, tying an NFL record.

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On March 14, 2008, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Wilson to a one-year, $1.8 million contract including $500,000 guaranteed. However, Wilson was released on September 1, 2008.

Houston TexansEdit

Two days after his release from the Buccaneers, Wilson was signed by the Houston Texans on September 3, 2008.

During a preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings on August 31, 2009, Wilson fell victim to an illegal "crackback" block thrown by Brett Favre. He was injured on the play and was listed as "day-to-day". Wilson returned to the field on September 20, 2009 and started the second game of the season, recording an interception in the Texans' win over the Tennessee Titans.

Wilson was placed Injured Reserve on November 24, 2009 due to broken toes.

On February 18, 2011, the Texans released Wilson.

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2003 NE 16 61 47 14 0.0 0 0 0 4 18 5 10 0 9
2004 NE 15 67 57 10 0.0 2 2 0 4 51 13 24 0 7
2005 NE 16 68 44 24 0.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
2006 NE 4 24 20 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2007 NE 11 31 27 4 0.0 0 1 0 1 5 5 5 1 3
2008 HOU 12 63 52 11 0.0 0 0 0 2 36 18 19 0 7
2009 HOU 8 29 23 6 0.0 1 0 0 2 29 15 16 0 3
2010 HOU 14 56 41 15 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Career 96 399 311 88 0.0 3 4 0 14 139 10 24 1 41

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Player Bio: Eugene Wilson". Fightingillini.Com. August 17, 1980. Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "Eugene Wilson Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved September 22, 2014.

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