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 39)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Lancaster (PA) McCaskey
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
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 attended 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] As a redshirt senior, he caught 44 receptions and led all NCAA Division 1-A tight ends with 9 receiving touchdowns, earning a spot as one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award in 2003, which is awarded to the nation's most outstanding tight end.[3][5]

Wilson's mother, Deborah, is a licensed Social Worker with a master's degree from Temple University.

Professional career[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Kris Wilson entered the 2004 NFL Draft, and was drafted in the Second Round (61st Overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. Wilson started 23 of 49 games played with the Chiefs, serving mostly as a tight end in tandem alongside Tony Gonzalez and Jason Dunn, in packages where the Chiefs used multiple tight ends. He caught 42 receptions for 345 yards and four touchdowns. While playing fullback Wilson blocked for running backs Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes, and 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. Wilson played the tight end position for the Chargers, alongside Antonio Gates, Brandon Manumaleuna, and Randy McMichael. 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.[6][7] In an AFC Divisional playoff win against the Houston Texans, Wilson caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco.[8]

After football[edit]

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


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

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