Vikings 1987 NFC Championship Game QB Wade Wilson dies at 60

Wade Wilson of the Dallas Cowboys poses for his 2007 NFL headshot

Wade Wilson of the Dallas Cowboys poses for his 2007 NFL headshot

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.

Wade Wilson, who spent 18 years in the National Football League as a quarterback and another 17 as quarterbacks coach, died on Friday.

The Dallas Cowboys announced the death but not the cause.

The Vikings drafted Wilson in the eighth-round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He started his first game for the Vikings in 1983 and made 12 starts for Minnesota by the 1989 season.

Wilson was 60 years old.

The Cowboys didn't renew Wilson's contract after the 2017 season.

Wilson later spent 14 seasons as the quarterbacks coach in Dallas, working with QBs such as Tony Romo and Dak Prescott.

He also played for Atlanta, New Orleans, Dallas and Oakland before retiring in 1999.

"Sad news today as we lost a teammate far too soon", Aikman tweeted.

Wilson's best season statistically was 1988, when he led the National Football League with a completion percentage of 61.4 percent with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Wilson was Troy Aikman's backup on the Cowboys' Super Bowl XXX championship team in 1995. Prayers for his children and family. 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 named to his lone Pro Bowl that year.

After his playing career, Wilson coached for 18 seasons - most recently as an assistant with the Cowboys.

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