Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

George "Mike" Wilson

George "Mike" Wilson

Details

  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Lafayette
  • High School: Philadelphia, PA (Northeast HS)Kingston, PA (Wyoming Seminary)
  • Years: 1926-1928
  • Inducted: 1988
  • Place of Birth: Glenside, PA
  • Date of Birth: Jul 18, 1905
  • Place of Death: Byrn Mawr, PA
  • Date of Death: May 03, 1990
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 185

Member Biography

George "Mike" Wilson's 1926 season was one of the finest in football history. He began the year with a 69- yard run against Muhlenberg, scoring the first touchdown in Lafayette's new stadium. He closed the year with runs of 60 and 46 yards against Lehigh. In between he had a five-touchdown game in a 68-0 rout of Susquehanna and three-touchdown sprees against Rutgers and Dickinson. He scored 20 touchdowns that year, the highest total in the nation, and was named to the NEA (Newspaper Enterprise Association) All-America team. This heroic effort led Lafayette to a 9-0 record with 328 points to opponents' 37. In two later years, Wilson scored eight touchdowns. His three-year total, 28, lasted 56 years as the school record. Meanwhile, he won three letters in baseball and one in wrestling and was on the Dean's list all four years. He played one year of pro football with the Frankford Yellowjackets of the NFL, then started a career with Bell Telephone which lasted 41 years. He joined the Marines in World War II, rose to the rank of brigadier general, saw action at Guadalcanal, Saipan and Tinian and was awarded the Legion of Merit and other decorations.