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Ben Wilson (fullback)

Ben Wilson
No. 36
Born:(1939-03-09)March 9, 1939
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Died:July 29, 2023(2023-07-29) (aged 84)
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
Career information
Position(s)Fullback
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg)
CollegeUSC
High schoolCarver (Houston)
AFL draft1962 / Round: 28 / Pick: 224
Drafted bySan Diego Chargers
NFL draft1962 / Round: 5 / Pick: 68
Drafted byLos Angeles Rams
Career history
As player
19631966Los Angeles Rams
1967Green Bay Packers
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Rushing yards1,589
Rush attempts431
Rushing TDs9
Receiving yards487
Receptions47

Ben Ivery Wilson (March 9, 1939 – July 29, 2023) was an American professional football player who was a fullback in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the USC Trojans.

High school

Wilson attended Aldine Carver High School where he played football and was also the state champ in the shot put.[citation needed] While at Carver, he was a Jones scholar who was offered an academic scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati, but he wanted to play football. Although he was an exceptional football player, he did not receive a scholarship offer from any white college in Texas because of segregation.

College career

The superintendent of Wilson's high school had contacts at USC and Wilson received a scholarship to attend USC. He played for 3 seasons, rushing for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns, while also catching 7 passes for 73 yards.[1] While at USC, Wilson became the starting fullback and team captain of USC's 1962 national championship team.

Professional career

Wilson played running back for five seasons in the NFL. He was traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Green Bay Packers prior to the 1967 season. Wilson started the season as the team's #2 fullback behind Jim Grabowski, but eventually became the starter when Grabowski suffered a season-ending injury. Wilson finished the season as the team's second leading rusher with 453 yards and caught 14 passes for another 88, but suffered injuries of his own in the final month, leading Chuck Mercein to take over his starting spot for the Packers playoff wins against the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys in the postseason. But just 15 minutes before the opening kickoff of Super Bowl II, Wilson was named the starter at fullback, where he was the game's leading rusher with 62 yards in 17 carries. Late in the game he lost a contact lens on the sidelines after being tackled, and missed the rest of the game.[2]

Wilson missed the following season as a result of knee surgery. He attempted a comeback in 1969, but failed the team physical and decided to retire.

Death

Ben Wilson died at the CHI St. Vincent hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on July 29, 2023, at the age of 84.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Ben Wilson College Stats".
  2. ^ "Packers RB Ben Wilson sparkled in surprise role". Packers News. April 13, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Obituary for Ben Ivery Wilson at Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc". www.cromwellfuneralhome.net. Retrieved 2023-08-01.


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