Gibril Wilson

Gibril Donald Wilson (born November 12, 1981) is a former American football safety in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

Gibril Wilson
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Wilson at 2007 New York Giants training camp
No. 28, 27
Personal information
Born: (1981-11-12) November 12, 1981 (age 38)
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Oak Grove
(San Jose, California)
NFL Draft:2004 / Round: 5 / Pick: 136
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:618
Forced fumbles:8
Fumble recoveries:7
Player stats at

Wilson earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. He has also played for the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins.

College careerEdit

Wilson was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and moved to the U.S. at age five.[1][2] Although Wilson excelled in football as both a wide receiver and defensive back at Oak Grove High School, he drew little attention from any Division I schools. He initially attended City College of San Francisco, and two years later was the top recruited junior college safety, choosing Tennessee over USC, Oregon and Florida.

Professional careerEdit

New York GiantsEdit

He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, with whom he later won Super Bowl XLII. His team beat the New England Patriots in that game. In his four years with the team, he started 51 of 52 games, recording 360 tackles, six sacks, and 11 interceptions.

Oakland RaidersEdit

In 2008, Wilson signed a six-year, $39 million contract with the Oakland Raiders, making him one of the highest paid safeties in NFL history.

Wilson was released by the Raiders after one season with the team on February 20, 2009. He finished the season with 129 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two interceptions.

Miami DolphinsEdit

Wilson agreed to a five-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on February 26, 2009. The contract was worth $27.5 million with $8 million guaranteed.[3] Wilson was released on March 5, 2010.

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Wilson signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on May 6, 2010. During a preseason game with the Philadelphia Eagles, he injured the ACL and MCL in his left knee. Following surgery he sat out the 2010 season.[4]


  1. ^ Biggane, Brian (June 16, 2009). "Dolphins' Gibril Wilson working to help underdeveloped Sierra Leone". The Daily Dolphin. Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  2. ^ Black, Katie. "Gibril Wilson: From the NFL to the ATL". Loftlife. Archived from the original on October 13, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  3. ^ Safety Gibril Wilson Signs With Dolphins Yahoo Sports, February 26, 2009
  4. ^ Walker, James (August 21, 2010). "Gibril Wilson to have ACL, MCL surgery". Retrieved January 9, 2011.