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Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson (1938–2020), legendary Cardinals safety

by Kirk Fox

Larry Wilson was a legendary safety for the St. Louis Cardinals who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  

Cardinals Legend 

Wilson was drafted by the Cardinals out of the University of Utah in 1960. He played all 13 of his seasons in the league at safety for the Cardinals and was selected to eight Pro Bowls. He still holds the Cardinals’ record for career interceptions with 52 and was a first-ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978. Wilson was with the Cardinals’ organization for 43 years, filling many positions including general manager and interim coach.

Tough player on the field 

Wilson was known for his tough play on the field. After breaking both his hands during the 1965 season, he continued to play with a cast on each hand. He had an interception in a game against Pittsburgh, making the grab despite the casts.

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What they said about him

Full Obituary: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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