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Ex-Bears QBs coach Wilson passes away


Former NFL player and coach Wade Wilson—who served as Bears quarterbacks coach for three seasons from 2004-06—passed away Friday on his 60th birthday.

Wilson reportedly died at his home in the Dallas suburb of Coppell.

Wilson was part of coach Lovie Smith's original staff with the Bears, helping the team win back-to-back NFC North titles in 2005-06 and the NFC championship in 2006.

After leaving the Bears, Wilson spent 11 seasons as Cowboys quarterbacks coach from 2007-17. He tutored Tony Romo, an undrafted free agent who became the franchise's all-time leader with 248 touchdown passes, and Dak Prescott, who was named NFL rookie of the year in 2016 after being selected by Dallas in the fourth round of the draft.

Wilson played quarterback for 17 NFL seasons with the Vikings (1981-91), Falcons (1992), Saints (1993-94), Cowboys (1995-97) and Raiders (1998). He appeared in 125 games with 69 starts, completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 17,283 yards with 99 touchdowns, 102 interceptions and a 75.6 passer rating.

Wilson was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1988 when he played for the Vikings and led the NFL with a 64.9 completion percentage, established career passing highs with 2,746 yards and 15 touchdowns, and won seven of 10 starts.