We Will Miss Wade Wilson
By FirstDown PlayBook on Feb 2, 2019

Coaching is a very different profession in a lot of ways. One of the most complex components of the job is that we are challenged to become a part of a group of people who must come together to function as a close family in order to succeed.

Yet at the same time we understand that each year is a new year and that this family will inevitably change as players and coaches move on.

Subsequently, we are then challenged to stay in touch with those people we have worked with who have meant a lot to us both personally and professionally. Sometimes we do a better job of this than others.

I learned yesterday that Wade Wilson, one of my friends who I had the fortune to work with died suddenly yesterday morning. Please understand that I do not use the word “friend” lightly.

When you read about Wade you are going to see an extraordinary playing and coaching career laid out for you, as the writer chronicles Wade’s football life. And it was extraordinary. I would always ask Wade if there was another person who had him beat with the number of total years as an NFL player/coach. Wade would usually defer mostly because we both knew that Wade wasn’t through coaching yet and didn’t want to start counting.

I was fortunate to have worked with Wade for two years with the Chicago Bears during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. I was a holdover from the old coaching staff and Wade was the new quarterbacks coach. I got to know Wade and Sherry during those two years. They became true friends and after they ended up back in Dallas they always made it clear that my room was upstairs if I wanted to stay at their house. I took them up on that many times.

It was during these years that I really got to appreciate Wade Wilson. His quiet humble approach to almost everything we talked about stood out, as did his obvious pride in his four children who have grown and are all successful in different parts of the country. I will miss these visits to Coppell sitting with my friend in his back yard drinking a beer and talking about anything and everything.

I think it’s fair to say that anyone who really knew Wade Wilson will miss him.

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