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FAMU community mourns former Rattler great, Saints wide-receiver Robert Wilson

FAMU community mourns former Rattler great, Saints wide-receiver Robert Wilson
Posted at 7:20 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 23:37:46-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida A&M University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the passing of former FAMU football standout and Hall of Famer, 46-year-old Robert Wilson.

Wilson was a native of Monticello and played wide receiver for the Rattlers from 1993 to 1996.

He was recruited by former FAMU great, the late Ken Riley. After Riley transitioned from head coach to athletic director of Florida A&M, Wilson continued his career under former head coach Billy Joe.

In 1995 and 1996, Wilson helped lead FAMU to back-to-back Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships and its first Football Championship Subdivision playoff appearance in 18 years.

In 1996, Wilson set what were then FAMU single-season records for receptions (78), receiving yards (1,161), and receiving touchdowns (10).

For his career, he caught 218 passes for 3,027 yards and 23 touchdowns. His final touchdown reception, for the Rattlers, came against Troy in the first round of the 1996 FCS playoffs. It was a 14-yard toss from a former teammate, Oteman Sampson.

Wilson earned All-America honors in 1996 and was a three-time All-MEAC selection in 1994, 1995, and 1996.

Following a stellar career in the orange and green, he played five seasons in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks from 1997 to 1999, and the New Orleans Saints from 2000 to 2001.

Wilson was inducted to the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 and most recently was named an assistant coach at his alma mater, Jefferson Somerset, in January.

Florida A&M Athletics extends its sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Robert Wilson.