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Former NFL QB, Cowboys assistant coach Wade Wilson dies at 60

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 2/1/2019 Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz

Former Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson has died at 60. © Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC Former Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson has died at 60. Wade Wilson, a former NFL quarterback and longtime assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys, died Friday, the team announced in a release. He was 60.

No cause of death was announced by the team.

After being drafted in the eighth round out of East Texas State University (Texas A&M University–Commerce) in 1981, Wilson spent 19 years playing in the NFL. He spent the first 11 years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, leading the team to the NFC Championship Game in 1987. He made the Pro Bowl the following season after throwing for a career-high 2,746 yards and 15 touchdowns.

In addition to the Cowboys, Wilson went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders.

After his playing career ended, Wilson took a job as the Cowboys' quarterbacks coach in 2000. He served in that role for three seasons, then joined the Chicago Bears from 2004-06 before returning in 2007 to the Cowboys.

Under Wilson's guidance, Tony Romo became the franchise's all-time leader in passing yards (34,183) and touchdowns (248). 

He remained with the team until the end of the 2017 campaign, when he was replaced by Kellen Moore.

Wilson died at his home in Coppell, Texas, according to the Cowboys. Friday was his 60th birthday.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Former NFL QB, Cowboys assistant coach Wade Wilson dies at 60

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