Kris Wilson (American football)

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Kris Wilson
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Wilson while playing for the San Diego Chargers
No. 84, 88, 87
Position: Tight end, Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1981-08-22) August 22, 1981 (age 37)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Lancaster (PA) McCaskey
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 61
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • John Mackey Award Finalist (2003)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 52
Receiving yards: 446
Receiving touchdowns: 5
Player stats at

Kristopher "Kris" Wilson (born August 22, 1981) is a former American football tight end.[1] He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pittsburgh.[2] Wilson has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, and Baltimore Ravens.

Early years[edit]

Wilson lived in Harrisburg until the age of nine, attending the African School and Steele Elementary School there. The family then moved to Lancaster, where Kris attended Wharton Elementary School, Reynolds Junior High School and J. P. McCaskey High School.[1][3] As a senior, he won first team All-Lancaster-Lebanon Section One honors at both linebacker and wide receiver.[3]

He received a full scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Economics.[3][4] He was one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award in 2003.[3][5]

Wilson has an organization called the Kris Wilson Foundation, which promotes literacy and education for inner-city young people.[3][4] Wilson's mother, Deborah, who is a licensed Social Worker with a master's degree from Temple University, is the Foundation's Chairwoman and President.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Kris Wilson was drafted in the Second Round (61st Overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. During four years as a backup fullback and tight end with the team, Wilson caught 42 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed four times for 13 yards.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

After a short stint with the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2008 offseason, Wilson signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers. Once again a backup (TE), Wilson caught four passes for 28 yards and two touchdowns in 2009, including a touchdown reception from Philip Rivers in the playoffs, after not catching any passes in the games he played in 2008. Wilson signed another two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers in March, 2010. He had 113 yards in 2010, but was released on July 28, 2011.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

L/R: Running back Ray Rice, running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery, and Wilson before a 2011 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

In 2011, Wilson signed with the Baltimore Ravens after Todd Heap was released.[7][8] In an AFC Divisional playoff win against the Houston Texans, Wilson caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco.[9]

After football[edit]

Wilson is a graduate of UCLA School of Law, class of 2015.


  1. ^ a b "Kris Wilson". Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kris Wilson Profile". ESPN. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Kris Wilson Foundation". Kris Wilson Foundation. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Blymier, Matt (9 July 2010). "Different paths to NFL success". Lancaster Online. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Kris Wilson Named Semifinalist for John Mackey Award". Pittsburgh Panthers. 18 November 2003. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Deborah Wilson Gadsen". Kris Wilson Foundation. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "San Diego Chargers Re-sign Kris Wilson". KC Chiefs blog. 5 March 2010. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Chargers release WR Buster Davis as camp opens; Turner impressed with rookie QB Tolzien". Associated Press. Washington Post. Retrieved 29 July 2011. [dead link]
  9. ^ Texans’ miscues help close book on historic season Retrieved 13 July 2012.

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