Ex-Vikings QB Wade Wilson dead at 60

Former Vikings Wade Wilson plays in a divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers

Former Vikings Wade Wilson plays in a divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers

Wilson died Friday on his 60th birthday at his home in Coppell, Texas.

The 6-3 Wilson started 69 games in his National Football League career, notably in stints with the Vikings in the late 1980s and with the Saints in 1993. In 2000, he joined the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff as the team's quarterback coach, also performing that role for the Chicago Bears. Four QBs - Chad Hutchinson, Craig Krenzel, Rex Grossman and Jonathan Quinn - made at least three starts in a 5-11 season.

"Sad news today as we lost a teammate far too soon, " Aikman wrote on Twitter. Prescott's numbers, however, dipped in his second season in 2017.

Wilson played 19 seasons in the National Football League, three with the Cowboys (1995-1997).

In 69 career National Football League games, he threw 99 touchdown passes and 109 interceptions. He won a Super Bowl ring serving as Troy Aikman's backup with the Dallas Cowboys in 1995.

Wilson was replaced by Kellen Moore, who also took over as the position coach for the quarterback he played behind - Dak Prescott.

A Dallas Cowboys legend passed away earlier this week. Garrett was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach during the 2010 season.

An eighth-round draft pick of the Vikings in 1981, Wilson appeared in 76 games for Minnesota, with 48 starts. He threw for 17,283 yards. His best statistical year was 1988 when he led the NFC with a 91.5 quarterback rating and completed 204-of-332 passes (61.4 percent) for 2,746 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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